Russia, China veto US Security Council bid on Gaza 'ceasefire'

Russia, China veto US Security Council bid on Gaza 'ceasefire'
Russia and China have vetoed a US-backed draft Security Council resolution calling for an immediate and sustained ceasefire in Gaza.
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Security Council Fails to Adopt Resolution on Gaza [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Russia and China on Friday vetoed a US-led draft resolution at the Security Council on a ceasefire in Gaza, with Moscow accusing Washington of a "hypocritical spectacle" that does not pressure Israel.

The United States, Israel's main ally, and which has vetoed previous ceasefire calls, put forward the resolution that would have supported "the imperative of an immediate and sustained ceasefire" and condemned the 7 October attack by Hamas.

Russia and China exercised their vetoes, Algeria also voted against it, and Guyana abstained. The other 11 Security Council members, including permanent members France and Britain, voted in favour.

Russia's ambassador, Vasily Nebenzia, said that the United States was doing nothing to rein in Israel, mocking Washington for speaking of a ceasefire after "Gaza has been virtually wiped off the face of the Earth."

"We have observed a typical hypocritical spectacle," he said.

"The American product is exceedingly politicized, with the sole purpose being to play to voters and throw them a bone in the form of some kind of a mention of a ceasefire in Gaza," he said.

The resolution will "ensure the impunity of Israel, whose crimes are not even assessed in the draft."

The draft links a ceasefire to ongoing talks, led by Qatar with support from the United States and Egypt, to halt the war in return for Hamas releasing captives.

The US ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, called the Russian and Chinese vetoes "not just cynical" but also "petty."

"Russia and China simply did not want to vote for a resolution that the United States penned," she said.

"Let's be honest -- for all the fiery rhetoric, we all know that Russia and China are not doing anything diplomatically to advance a lasting peace or to meaningfully contribute to the humanitarian response effort," she said.