Skip to comments.Russia, EU demand flotilla inquiry, Gaza opening
Posted on 06/01/2010 1:07:16 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and the European Union condemned on Tuesday Israel's use of deadly force in the storming of an aid flotilla and urged the opening of crossings into Gaza.
In a joint declaration during a Russia-EU summit in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton demanded a "full and impartial inquiry".
"The death of people is irreparable and absolutely unjustified," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told a news conference with EU leaders.
EU President Herman Van Rompuy called the deaths "inexplicable".
"We regret the loss of life, condemn the use of violence and demand an immediate, full and impartial investigation," he said.
"I appeal for a durable solution to be found to the situation in Gaza," Van Rompuy said, referring to the enclave run by Hamas Islamists.
Their joint declaration added: "The EU and Russia call for immediate opening of crossings for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and people to and from Gaza."
The remarks were a show of solidarity between the European Union and Moscow, which has traditionally supported the Palestinians but has also cultivated closer ties with Israel in recent years.
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Which of these nations permit goods to be shipped into their country without first going through customs?
“”EU President Herman Van Rompuy called the deaths “inexplicable”. “”
Apparently has not heard of the thing called the “internet.”
BTW, where’s the same demand on Egypt, Pallies’ Arab brethren?
Like I told my wife last night; it doesn’t matter what kind of evidence is out there showing that the muslims started the violence. According to most nations around the world, I pray not ours, Israel has already been declared guilty. It just doesn’t matter.
This holier-than-thou routine by the Russians is beginning to wear thin.
Russia and the EU propose opening of the Gaza blockade...
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