Kremlin says no alternative to diplomatic settlement of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Kremlin says no alternative to diplomatic settlement of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The parties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must realize that there is no alternative other than resolving it through political and diplomatic means, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

"So far, the most important thing is to ensure that the parties to the conflict come to an understanding that there is no alternative to political and diplomatic means of settlement in the wake of UN decisions and agreements," he said.

The Kremlin spokesman stressed that Russia was doing it best to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "You know that various countries are making efforts, taking advantage of their ties in order to encourage the parties to show restraint and end the activities that are leading to a rapid increase in civilian casualties. Russia is likewise making efforts to that end, and contacts on the matter are underway," TASS cited him as saying.

When asked whether the international community or Russia should change their approaches to influencing the parties to the conflict, Peskov replied, "It is apparent that the conflict is now in a hot phase, but everybody is doing their utmost."

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