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    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Standoff Continues (463)

    Russia continues to mediate the first Israeli-Palestinian summit in Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday.

    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 agreed yet.

    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.

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