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The Kremlin issued the statement following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

“The two sides discussed the developments in the situation in Palestine, expressed deep concern about the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza,” the statement read, adding that Moscow and Riyadh also “emphasized the need to end military operations in the Palestinian territories, as well as the need to protect civilians in accordance with international law and international humanitarian law.”

Since October 7, 17,177 Palestinians have been killed and more than 46,000 wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.

During the meeting, Russia and Saudi Arabia announced that they would enhance their cooperation in the oil and gas sector, as well as in other fields including food security, space exploration, tourism, and health.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) greets Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Photo: Kremlin, via Wikimedia Commons)

“The Saudi Minister expressed the Kingdom’s appreciation and great support for the justified and important step taken by Guterres to invoke Article 99 of the UN Charter,” Asharq Al-Awsat added.

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