The Russian bear is pressuring the Hamas government to send peacekeeping forces? Why only now? To solve the issue of the Occupation would need more than a Chicago facelift.
Russia has stressed that international peacekeeping forces may enter Palestine only with the consent of all Palestinian forces, including Hamas, official spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry Mikhail Kamynin said, commenting on the proposal of Mediterranean EU member states. With a lack of mutual consent, few countries will want to send their peacekeeping forces to Palestine, he said.
Kamynin also pointed out that the peacekeeping idea was far from being new, as Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has already discussed such an opportunity with Palestinian National Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. However, Russia has numerous questions with regard to the idea in its present form, with the aim of the intended mission being a particular concern. Kamynin said that restoring the order in Palestine should be left to the Palestinians, while the mission should tackle the resumption of the peace process.