Moscow Keeps Working on Israel-Palestine Summit, Aims to Make Talks
Russia continues to mediate the first Israeli-Palestinian summit in Moscow,
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday.
09:14 28.10.2016(updated 10:03 28.10.2016)
JERUSALEM (Sputnik) — Russia continues to conduct a thorough preparation for
the first Israeli-Palestinian summit in Moscow in order to ensure that it
does not become “a meeting for the sake of the meeting,” Russian Deputy
Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday.
“Here you need to strive for it to be done at the appropriate time. It is
necessary to conduct a thorough preparation for the meeting so that it would
really be productive … not just a meeting for the sake of the meeting,”
Gatilov said during his visit to Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas earlier announced their support for Moscow’s effort to mediate any
talks on the resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but laid
responsibility on each other for the fact that the meeting had not been
In late September, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press
conference following his address to the UN General Assembly that Moscow
continued working with both Israel and Palestine to resume negotiations,
noting that the parties were not equally eager to consider the initiative.