Russia backs Hamas terrorists, calls Israel ‘occupying power’ that ‘does not’ have right to self-defense
Russia condemns the actions of Hamas in its conflict with Israel. Any violence and provocations from any side only lead to increased tension and are counter-productive, as they hamper the implementation of agreements facilitating the Middle East peace process. Russia recognizes the right of Israel to self-defense, and calls upon such parties to show restraint, and avoid any steps that could lead to further escalation and violence. Moscow calls on all involved sides to refrain from actions that could provoke more violence and destabilize the region and stands ready to provide its assistance in finding a peaceful resolution to this conflict.