Netanyahu Voices Displeasure Over Russia's 'Anti-Israel Positions' In Phone Call With Putin

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticises Israel's use of Hamas's October 7 offensive to justify 'collective punishment' of Gaza, calling for international monitoring.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a 50-minute phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, during which he conveyed his dissatisfaction with Moscow's "anti-Israel positions" at the United Nations, as reported by Reuters.

Netanyahu expressed robust disapproval of Russia's perceived "dangerous" cooperation with Iran.

This follows recent comments by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who virtually addressed the Doha Forum on Sunday. 

The minister criticised Israel's use of Hamas's October 7 offensive as justification for what he termed a "collective punishment" of Palestinians in Gaza. He called for international monitoring of the situation in the besieged enclave.

"Vladimir Putin reaffirmed the principle position of rejecting and condemning terrorism in all its forms," the Kremlin said in a statement.

"At the same time, it is extremely important that countering terrorist threats does not lead to such grave consequences for the civilian population".

So far, about 18,000 Palestinians have been killed and 49,500 wounded in Israeli attacks since October 7.

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