Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, delayed three days to respond to the Israeli atrocity carried out by Hamas on his 71st birthday. When he did, it was the US, not Hamas, that was at fault.
“I think that many will agree with me that this is a clear example of the failed policy in the Middle East of the United States, which tried to monopolise the settlement process,” Putin said to the prime minister of Iraq.
Six more days passed before Putin sent his condolences to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the approximately 1,200 Israelis that had died. A ten-day later, Russia announced that a Hamas delegation was in Moscow for negotiations.