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Speaking to the press today on the Israeli war in Gaza, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We are ready to support any action that will lead to the release of the hostages and a ceasefire. But we believe that the actions should be constructive, aimed at a comprehensive solution of the problem within the framework of international law and previously-adopted Security Council resolutions.”

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Hamas-Israel conflict should have been resolved at an early stage, immediately after it began. He noted that the chance was missed because the United States blocked the resolution calling for a ceasefire proposed by Russia in the Security Council in October.

The Chinese reaction was even more explicit. In a Foreign Ministry statement today, China urged Israel to stop its military operation in Rafah “as soon as possible,” warning of a “serious humanitarian disaster” there if fighting did not stop. “China follows closely the developments in the Rafah area, opposes and condemns actions that harm civilians and violate international law.”