Today, President of Russia Vladimir Putin had telephone conversations with President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

During the discussions, the focus was on the rapidly escalating Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The Parties expressed deep concern about the massive escalation of hostilities that have led to a catastrophic increase in civilian casualties and a deepening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

They unanimously agreed on the need to immediately cease fire and to establish a humanitarian truce in order to provide urgent help to those in need.

President Putin emphasised the unacceptability of using any form of violence against civilians and conveyed Russia’s deep sympathy for all those affected and the families and friends of the people who have died in the hostilities and noted Russia’s readiness to provide humanitarian aid.

The Russian Side reaffirmed its commitment to coordinating efforts with all constructively-minded partners with an eye towards bringing the hostilities to an end and stabilising the situation. This aligns with Russia’s submission to the UN Security Council of a draft resolution calling for an immediate, balanced and non-politicised ceasefire.