Russia accuses US of blocking UN Gaza statement
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Russia on Monday accused the United States of seeking to "filibuster" a UN Security Council statement on the Gaza crisis amid prolonged talks by the 15-nation body.
Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said his country could propose a full council resolution backing peace efforts if a lower-level statement cannot be agreed. That could force the United States into a veto to protect its Israeli ally.
Mr Churkin said one country on the council indicated "quite transparently that they will not be prepared to go along with any reaction of the Security Council." He did not name the country but diplomats said the United States was delaying a statement sought by Arab nations.
Morocco, representing Arab countries on the 15-nation council, proposed a statement calling for a halt to the Israel-Hamas hostilities last Thursday.