Sochi (Russia): Israel`s deadly raid on an
aid flotilla for Gaza was a tragedy that demands detailed
investigation and must not be repeated, Russian Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin told agency in an interview.
"What is especially tragic is that this act was carried
out in neutral waters," the Russian prime minister said in a
discussion late Monday in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.
"This is something entirely new and of course requires
careful review. Everything needs to be done to make sure that
nothing of the kind happens again," Putin warned.
Asked if Russia wanted Israel to lift its blockade on
Gaza, he stated: "We have always called for the lifting of the
"I don`t think such methods are effective in resolving
the problems faced in the region."
Putin compared Israel`s struggle with extremism to
Russia`s own battle with militants and instability in the
North Caucasus region and suggested experience showed that
Israel should change tactics.
"Using such means will not solve the problems the region
faces. I am not saying now which means will solve them, but
only which ones are wrong.
"I want to stress that we have always proceeded from the
position that all the people living in this region have a
right to secure self-development, including Israel.