The foreign Ministry hopes for the implementation of the initiative on the meeting of the leaders of Israel and Palestine

© 2018 AFP / Mahmud Nastoletnia Palestinians and the Israeli military on the Gaza border with Israel. Archival photoThe foreign Ministry hopes for the implementation of the initiative on the meeting of the leaders of Israel and Palestine© 2018 AFP / Mahmud Hams

Moscow regrets that so far the initiative is about meeting the head of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not realized, from the contact leaving the Israeli side, said RIA Novosti Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

He recalled that the initiative for direct negotiations initially put forward was the Israeli leadership. «They said don’t go anywhere, neither in the UN nor any international organization nor to convene any conference, no we don’t need the Quartet. We need a direct dialogue with the Palestinians in bilateral negotiations, this is the perfect option, and we agree — we are people of the world, that no one interfered,» said Bogdanov in an interview on the sidelines of the International forum «Dialogue of civilizations».

According to him, Moscow has agreed to «try» and stated at the highest level of readiness to provide a platform for meetings at any convenient time.

«Without pre-conditions. So that it is in the bilateral format (to talk) about what actually even told us the head of the Israeli government. We managed to convince Mahmoud Abbas to agree here with this format… But unfortunately, our proposal is based on the wishes of the Israeli side, so far not implemented due to the fact that the very Israeli side of such contact in the past two years out,» said Deputy foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.

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