Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized U.S. policy in the Middle East. It amid the recent surge in violence between Israel and the Palestinians. Putin, speaking during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, characterized the situation as a clear example of the failure of U.S. policy in the region.
He argued that the United States had attempted to dominate international peace efforts. While neglecting to seek compromises that could satisfy both sides of the conflict. Putin also noted that the U.S. had overlooked the interests of the Palestinians, including their aspiration for an independent state.
While expressing concern about the escalating violence, Putin did not mention Russia’s own role in the Middle East peace process. Since 2002, Russia, along with the U.S., the United Nations, and the European Union, has been part of the Quartet of powers tasked with mediating in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Moscow has strong ties with the Palestinians, including the Islamist group Hamas, and has previously hosted talks with Palestinian representatives. However, it also maintains relations with Israel, given the significant number of former Russian citizens living there.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov emphasized that Russia was committed to playing a role in resolving the conflict but did not specify how. He acknowledged the limitations of existing formats for seeking common ground. But expressed Russia’s intention to continue its efforts to assist in finding a settlement.
The recent violence in the region has seen Israel conducting airstrikes on Gaza. In response to attacks by Hamas, marking one of the deadliest escalations in the conflict’s history. Russia, like many other international actors, is concerned that this violence could lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East.