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Russia, China Veto U.S. Resolution for Ceasefire in Gaza

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In the international arena of the United Nations Security Council, a pivotal moment unfolded as the United States put forward a resolution with the aim of instigating a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, amidst a backdrop of escalating conflict and humanitarian crisis. This resolution, critical in its intent to shield civilians and facilitate the flow of desperately needed humanitarian aid to over two million Palestinians, faced an insurmountable hurdle: the vetoes of Russia and China. These two powerful nations, wielding their authority as permanent members of the Security Council, effectively stalled a global effort that sought to bring an end to the violence and suffering in Gaza, a region ensnared in the throes of the Israel-Hamas war since October 7.

The United States’ proposition, which had secured the backing of eleven council members, underscored an “immediate and sustained cease-fire” as a crucial step toward alleviating the dire conditions faced by the Palestinian people. Yet, the opposition from Russia and China spotlighted a disturbing obstruction of international diplomacy and peace efforts.

Before the vote, the stance of Russia and China was made clear through their representatives. Russia’s UN Ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, criticized the United States for its history of vetoing four earlier resolutions calling for a ceasefire since the conflict’s inception. Nebenzia argued that the resolution’s wording, which characterized a ceasefire as an “imperative” rather than issuing a direct demand, was inadequate. He contended, “To save the lives of the peaceful Palestinian civilians, this is not enough,” further implying that support for the resolution was a disservice to the cause of peace.

In the aftermath, the U.S. envoy, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, expressed profound disappointment and criticism towards Russia and China’s actions. She suggested that their opposition went beyond policy disagreements, portraying it as an outright refusal to condemn Hamas and a demonstration of their aversion to a resolution led by the United States. Thomas-Greenfield accused Russia and China of acting not out of principle but out of a cynical and petty desire to see the U.S. proposal fail, stating, “Russia and China simply did not want to vote for a resolution that was penned by the United States.”

This diplomatic standoff overshadowed the urgent humanitarian needs and the ongoing suffering in Gaza. Amidst ongoing negotiations in Doha for a deal that could potentially end hostilities in exchange for the release of hostages held by Hamas, the U.S. had signaled its willingness to oppose any resolution that diverged from supporting these critical discussions. The vetoes by Russia and China not only exemplify a blatant disregard for the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Gaza but also highlight a worrying propensity to prioritize geopolitical rivalry over the welfare of millions of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire.

The actions of Russia and China in this instance show the growing international divide between the West and the still forming Russia-China trade bloc. The previous resolutions proposed by Russia and China undoubtedly contained anti-West language and unacceptable terms. The U.S. version would have been effective in stopping the fighting, but Russia and China felt the need to retaliate.

This is business as usual i the U.N., the actions there reflect the intentions in the world at large. Russia and China want to piss on America.

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