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    Still No Certainty on Russia-Mediated Talks Between Israeli, Palestinian Leaders

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    A possibility of a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders with Russian mediation is not yet clear, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — There is still no certainty regarding a possible meeting of Israeli and Palestinian leaders with Russian mediation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    "Not yet," Peskov told RIA Novosti, asked whether any decisions had been made regarding the summit.

    Earlier in August, a diplomatic source told Sputnik that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas could meet in Moscow in late September, while there has been no official confirmation of such a meeting from either side.

    Also this month, another source told Sputnik that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was expected to visit Israel on September 5 to discuss with Netanyahu the possibility of holding direct Israeli-Palestinian talks in the Russian capital.

    Relations between Israel and Palestine have been wrecked for decades, as Palestinians have been seeking diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip. The State of Palestine is recognized by 137 countries, including Russia.

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