Russia to back draft UNSC resolution on Palestine in its current form

Russia intends to support the draft resolution on Palestine and hopes the resolution will suit all members of the UN Security Council and its vetoing will be avoided.

Russia intends to support the draft resolution on Palestine and hopes the resolution will suit all members of the UN Security Council and its vetoing will be avoided.

"As far as we understand the Palestinians, the vote may take place shortly although they have yet to set the precise date. We have repeatedly said that we will vote for this resolution," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax.

"We would like to see a text that will satisfy all the 15 members of the UN Security Council and be truly oriented towards practical results, such as the Palestinian-Israeli settlement, the beginning of the negotiating process and the resolution of all problems, the deputy minister underscored.

"In our opinion, it is important that all members of the Security Council support it [this resolution]," he said.

The resolution has been formally presented to the UN Security Council as a document, he said. "This means a vote may be held in 24 hours. The Palestinians have formal grounds to demand a vote any moment," the senior Russian diplomat said.

Special Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry for the Middle East Sergei Vershinin is visiting Israel to hold bilateral consultations with the Palestinians and the Israelis regarding the entire range of Middle East affairs.

Consultations on the draft resolution continue between delegations, Gatilov added.

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