Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, announced that it has become necessary for the Security Council to impose sanctions against Israel against the background of its continued operation in the Gaza Strip.

“Since the escalation in Gaza, the Security Council has adopted two resolutions on the humanitarian situation, which, like Resolution 2728 on the ceasefire, include provisions on the need for unhindered humanitarian access to those in need, and to observe the obligations under international humanitarian law to provide minimum conditions for the work of humanitarian agencies,” Nebenzia said during a UN Security Council session on Friday.

The Russian official noted that “Israel has not implemented” the two resolutions, adding: “We believe in this regard that the Council should agree on the measures to be taken towards West Jerusalem because of its lack of respect for Security Council resolutions and the UN Charter.”

Nebenzia also stressed that “it is not permissible for some members of the Security Council to send signals questioning the need to implement the resolutions adopted by the Council,” referring to US statements that the resolution on the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip is “non-binding.”

“As the military operation in the Gaza Strip continues, providing humanitarian aid, including food, is impossible in an appropriate manner,” he said, adding that measures such as dropping aid from the air and building a temporary seaport “do not help provide aid of the required magnitude”.

The US State Department announced that Washington considers the Security Council resolution on the immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip “non-binding”, contrary to the statement of the European Union Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process Sven Koopmans, who stressed that the decision is “binding.”

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