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Why did Russia vote against Gaza ceasefire resolution at UN?

The UN Security Council failed to pass a US-proposed motion for a six week truce in Gaza, after China and Russia vetoed. 

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the UN, called on members not to vote in favour of the resolution.

He said it was "exceedingly politicised" and contained an effective green light for Israel to mount a military operation in the southern city of Rafah. The city is currently home to over 1 million displaced Palestinians, living in tents and makeshift homes.

"This would free the hands of Israel and it would result in all of Gaza and its entire population, having to face destruction, devastation, or expulsion," Nebenzia said.

He added that a number of non-permanent members of the Security Council had drafted an alternate resolution, which he called a balanced document.

Nebenzia said there was no reason for members not to support the alternative resolution.

US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said: "The vast majority of this council voted in favor of this resolution, but unfortunately Russia and China decided to exercise its veto."

Before the vote, she said it would be a "historic mistake" for the resolution not to be adopted.

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Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebensya (C) during a UN Security Council meeting in New York City on 22 March 2024 (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images via AFP)