First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said that Russia supports Palestine’s decision to resume the process of joining the United Nations as a full-fledged member.

Iran PressAmerica: Dmitry Polyansky stated that Moscow calls on all countries of the world to support Palestine's request for permanent membership in the United Nations.

The Russian diplomat added: "The Palestinians requested the presidency of the UN Security Council to resume the process of considering their membership bid, launched back in 2011. A long-overdue decision that we support by all means."

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations noted: "The fate of this request will become a standard for humanity and civilization in the modern world."

Permanent Representative of Malta Vanessa Frazier earlier told reporters that Malta, which holds the rotating UN Security Council presidency this month, had submitted to other members Palestine’s request for full membership in the United Nations.

Earlier, Palestine formally asked the UN Security Council to consider its application for UN membership, which was supported by the Arab Group, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Palestine requested to join the United Nations as a full-fledged member back in 2011, but later decided to remain in its current status of permanent observer. According to Mansour, the goal was to persuade swaying nations that Palestine is worthy of becoming a full-fledged member of the global organization. Countries with permanent observer status are allowed to attend the majority of UN events and have access to practically all documents but have no right to vote. The only other country with permanent observer status at this point is the Holy See (Vatican).