08/11/2017

“In any case Russia will take Israeli interests into account in discussions” (Lavrov)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that his country will ensure its commitment to Israel in negotiations with the Palestinians, the RIA news agency said.

According to the Russian media, the minister also stressed that “in any case Russia will take Israeli interests into account when discussing the future of Jerusalem.”

In 2016, Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev said that “Moscow has never denied Israel’s rights to Jerusalem , the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.” “These rights are clear and it would be absurd to deny them,” he had hammered.

Russia and Israel have friendly relations. Last March, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu an edition of the book ‘War of the Jews’ written by Flavius ​​Josephus at their meeting in Moscow.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their meeting in Moscow on 9 March 2017 
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On his arrival, Netanyahu thanked the Russian President for his hospitality and stressed that both countries are “committed to fighting Islamic extremism in the world.”

“We are delighted to see you again,” he said. “Our frequent meetings reflect a true friendship and a strengthening of our economic, technological, tourism and cultural links, including the presence of 1 million Russian speakers living in Israel” Said Netanyahu.

The Prime Minister also stressed that Israel would fight any attempt by the Hezbollah terrorist group to arm themselves , saying that the “red lines laid by Israel are thick and clear”, and indicated that he would not hesitate to take measures Retaliation if these lines were crossed.

Russia had responded via its ambassador to Israel, Alexander Shane, saying that his country is making efforts to prevent the transfer of Russian weapons to Hezbollah .

Moreover, Shane added that Israel understood “what his country does in Syria”. “For them, the best thing that could happen is cooperation between Russia and the United States, not between Russia and Iran, to resolve the crisis in Syria and the fight against terrorism in the Middle East, He had said.

The election of US President Donald Trump has largely damaged the United States’ reputation and confidence in the world’s leading power, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center (PRC) .

Indeed, only two countries, Israel and Russia, prefer this new administration to that of Barack Obama, reveals the study which evaluates each year the popularity of the American leaders.

I24