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May 31, 2010

Moscow – A military action against a controversial aid convoy heading to the Gaza Strip that left 10 dead was “unjustified,” a Russian official told the Interfax news agency Monday.

“It was a humanitarian, not a political action, and that means it was unjustified to use military force against the participants,” said Konstantin Kosachev, head of the country’s parliamentary foreign policy committee, as reported by Interfax.

The Freedom Flotilla had been making its way to provide relief supplies to the blockaded Gaza Strip, despite warnings from Israel and admonitions to use a pre-approved border crossing. The confrontation came early Monday as the flotilla approached Gaza.

Kosachev demanded an “immediate” meeting of the Mideast quartet, which consists of Russia, the US, the UN and EU, to discuss the incident. Depending on Israeli answers to certain questions, the issue might have to be referred to the UN Security Council, he said.

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