Russia Says No Mideast Peace without Solving 'Palestinian Problem'


Russia said on Thursday it would be a "mistake" to think lasting peace in the Middle East could be secured without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The foreign ministry statement came after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Tuesday.

Russia said it noted "progress" in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that "the Palestinian problem remains acute."

"It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East."

Moscow urged regional and global players to "ramp up coordinated efforts" to solve the issue.

"Russia is ready for such joint work," including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the foreign ministry said.

US President Donald Trump has said similar U.S.-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations, including Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.

Comments 3
Thumb lebnanfirst 18 September 2020, 02:04

They saw the train moving and fast so they decided to jump on board.
Welcome aboard!

Missing bigjohn 18 September 2020, 19:13

And the train will crash and kill them.

Missing bigjohn 18 September 2020, 19:18

Ending South African Apartheid did not bring peace between the black indigenous population in sub Sahara Africa. It brought peace with justice in Apartheid South Africa. Russia is here talking about the conflict between Israeli apartheid and Palestinians and their Arab and Iranian allies.