Lavrov: Moscow to Consider Israel's Security Interests in Palestinian
The Russian foreign minister said that Moscow would take Israel's
security interests into account when discussing ways to settle the
DVORIKI (Russia) (Sputnik) - Moscow will take Israel's security interests
into account when discussing ways to settle the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.
"We 100 percent guarantee that in any circumstance, no matter what methods
of settlement are chosen . we will 100 percent consider Israel's sovereign
interests in the field of security," Lavrov said at the forum.
Russia is taking active part in the settlement of the long-standing conflict
between Israel and Palestine. Back in 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin
proposed to hold a meeting between Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow.
Both leaders have expressed their support for the Russian initiative, meant
to facilitate the resumption of peace talks. However, in public speeches,
the officials blamed one another for the fact that the summit has not yet
been agreed upon.
Relations between Israel and Palestine have been shattered for decades.
Palestinians seek diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the
territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partially
occupied by Israel, along with the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government
refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic
entity, building settlements in the occupied areas, despite objections from
the United Nation