Sergey Lavrov: US is doing everything to prevent establishment of independent Palestinian state

The United States is doing all in its power to thwart the exercise of inalienable rights of Palestinian people to have their own independent state, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the General Debate of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“It is impossible to fully normalize the situation in the Middle East without resolving the key issue, that is, without finding a solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. For over 70 years, the Palestinian people have been waiting to obtain their own state, which was promised to them, but the Americans have monopolized the mediation process and are doing everything to prevent that from happening,” the Russian foreign minister stressed.

“What exposes the selfishness of the Western minority are intrusive attempts to ‘Ukranize’ the agenda of international discussions and push a number of unresolved regional crises into the background, many of which have dragged on for years and even decades,” Lavrov said, according to the Russian news agency TASS.