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Putin Warns Gaza War Could Spread Beyond Middle East

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Putin Warns Gaza War Could Spread Beyond Middle East

On the same day that a Hamas delegation made a rare visit to Moscow to discuss the crisis in Gaza, President Vladimir Putin warned in a speech that the conflict has the potential to spread well beyond the Middle East.

In a Wednesday meeting at the Kremlin, he decried Israel’s indiscriminate airstrikes on the Gaza Strip which have left over 7,000 people, mostly civilians and at least half of them women and children, dead. ”Our task today, our main task, is to stop the bloodshed and violence,” said Putin, as cited from an official transcript.

“Otherwise, further escalation of the crisis is fraught with grave and extremely dangerous and destructive consequences.” That’s when the Russian president emphasized, “And not only for the Middle East region. It could spill over far beyond the borders of the Middle East.”

Via Reuters

The meeting involved Russian religious leaders of different faiths. In the remarks Putin also blamed the West for sowing the seeds of escalation, and for turning a blind eye as unprecedented rates of civilian casualties mount in Gaza. According to more of Putin’s words

He said certain “unnamed forces” were behind this broader destabilization campaign. Putin has in prior years condemned Washington’s illegal occupation of sovereign Syrian territory as well, and Russian and US military convoys have on occasion come close to clashing on several occasions in past years.

Putin denounced Hamas’ Oct.7 attack on southern Israeli communities as terrorism, but also decried Israel’s bombing campaign which has left much of Gaza in ruins, as Reuters reports:

“The fight against terrorism cannot be conducted according to the notorious principle of collective responsibility when old people, women, children, entire families and hundreds of thousands of people are left without shelter, food, water, electricity and medical care,” Putin continued.

In the hours after Putin’s remarks, the Pentagon launched significant airstrikes against what the US has called ‘Iran-linked militants’ in Syria, raising the stakes higher, given Russia also maintains a military presence inside Syria, but at the invitation of the Assad government (since 2015).

Meanwhile, Moscow and Washington continue to square off at the UN Security Council, vetoing each other’s resolutions

The Russian side has charged the Biden administration with not being genuine in its proposals for humanitarian corridors in Gaza. Moscow has also said the US doesn’t want peace or ceasefire, as the death toll mounts. Critics of Washington policy on Israel have said the US has given Tel Aviv a blank check, akin to what’s happening in Ukraine.

Tyler Durden Fri, 10/27/2023 – 10:30

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