Russia’s Recognition of Palestinian Statehood

Russia's Recognition of Palestinian Statehood

In 1988, the Soviet Union took a significant step by recognizing Palestinian statehood, a policy that Russia continues to uphold, as emphasized by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. His statements were made in response to recent announcements from Ireland, Norway, and Spain, which have also decided to formally recognize the Palestinian state.

The decision by the three European nations was revealed on Wednesday, aligning with the support for a “two-state solution” aimed at achieving peace in the Middle East and resolving the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

In his remarks to journalists, Peskov stated:

“The USSR recognized the State of Palestine… This is absolutely in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the two-state solution approach.”

He further added:

“We are the successors of the USSR and continue our consistent and transparent position on this.”

The Palestinian National Authority, known as the State of Palestine, was officially recognized by the Soviet Union in 1988. Currently, it is acknowledged as a sovereign state by 143 UN members and several major economies within the G20, including China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and Türkiye.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has consistently opposed the concept of a two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state within the territories occupied by Israel since 1967. This opposition has intensified following the events of October 7, when Hamas militants attacked Israel, resulting in approximately 1,200 deaths and over 250 kidnappings. In retaliation, Israel initiated a substantial military campaign in Gaza, leading to nearly 36,000 casualties, according to local health authorities.

The increasing death toll and deteriorating humanitarian conditions have drawn repeated warnings from the United Nations and widespread international condemnation. Recently, a top prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague called for arrest warrants for three Hamas leaders, as well as Netanyahu and his defense minister, accusing both sides of committing war crimes.

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Written by Layla Hadid

Layla Hadid is a passionate freelance journalist hailing from Midrand, known for her insightful coverage and compelling storytelling. With a keen eye for uncovering the stories that matter, Layla has made a name for herself in the journalism landscape of South Africa. Her work spans a variety of topics, from local community issues to broader, socially impactful stories that resonate with a diverse audience. Layla's dedication to truth and transparency has earned her respect and admiration among peers and readers alike.


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