21 Jun 2018 13:55

Lavrov rejects U.S. allegations that UNSC feels hostile towards Israel

MOSCOW. June 21 (Interfax) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has disagreed with the United States' opinion that the UN Security Council constantly feels hostile towards Israel.

"As to the allegations made by [U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations] Nikki Hadley of the never-ending hostile attitude of the Security Council towards Israel, I cannot agree with that," Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow after negotiations with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

"The Security Council has a duty of hearing the secretary general's reports on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. These reports are based on Security Council resolutions adopted in the previous years," he said.

"The debates regarding the secretary general's reports naturally reflect the events happening in the Middle East directly between Palestinians and Israelis," Lavrov said.

"Yet I can assure you that the recent discussion of the disturbances, clashes, attacks on the Israeli territory from Gaza, and the retaliatory measures of Israel showed that most members of the Security Council are objective. At least the Russian delegation was one of those who clearly condemned the attacks on Israel," he said.