Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and a number of other leaders from the BRICS bloc of developing countries, Tuesday (21/11), held a virtual meeting regarding the Israel-Hamas war. United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres also participated in the special meeting.
“In reality, all these events are a direct consequence of America’s desire to monopolize the mediation function in the Israeli-Palestinian settlement and the actions of blocking the activities of the Middle East quartet of international mediators,” Putin said.
Russia is cautious about responding to the Israel-Hamas war, but also has the opportunity to advance its role as a global power broker.
Putin stressed the importance of preventing other countries from getting involved in the Israel-Hamas war.
According to the office of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the three leaders of BRICS member states namely: Brazil, India and South Africa, along with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates – are scheduled to join the bloc in January later – also took part in Tuesday’s meeting.
Putin expressed his thanks to Middle Eastern countries that have made efforts “to normalize the situation” in the region.
“I cannot but express my thanks once again to (Egyptian) President (Abdel Fattah) el-Sissi and all my colleagues in Egypt for their help in resolving many difficult issues related to ensuring the reception and sending home of Russian citizens who have left conflict zone,” said the Russian President. (em/hour)