NewsRussian Ministry conducts critical meeting with Palestinian groups amidst escalating Gaza conflict

Russian Ministry conducts critical meeting with Palestinian groups amidst escalating Gaza conflict

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
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2:56 AM EST, February 18, 2024

The talks, scheduled to begin on February 29 and expected to last two to three days, are being organized under the auspices of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

"We have extended invitations to all representatives from Palestine - to all political forces which have representation in various countries, including Syria and Lebanon, and other countries in the region," said Mikhail Bogdanov, the deputy head of the Foreign Ministry. He is also Vladimir Putin's special envoy to the Middle East.

"Hence, the delegation is approximately the same as in the two prior meetings. It comprises approximately 12 to 14 organizations," the Deputy Minister emphasized.

"We maintain the view that the Palestine Liberation Organization was and continues to be the accepted representative of the Palestinian people. The international community shares this stance with us" stated the deputy minister.

Moscow marks its influence in the region

This invitation has been issued at a crucial moment. The Israel-Hamas conflict continues to escalate and has been gaining International attention and concern. The Israeli portal i24 observes that "Russia's proactive approach in convening these talks illustrates its increased criticism of Israel and its Western allies." Yet, Moscow's objective is chiefly about "establishing its influence in the region."

The involvement of organizations from other countries in the region is not a coincidence. Armed pro-Palestinian militias are currently active in both Syria and Lebanon, backed financially by Iran.

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