Russia Tries to Expand Its Role of Mediator between Countries of Middle East: Experts

Azerbaijan, Baku, 21 March /corr. Trend D.Khatinoglu, A.Gasimov / The visit of Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to Syria demonstrates the efforts of Moscow to re-establish peace between the countries of Middle East. " Russia tries to expand its role of mediator between the countries of Middle East," the Iranian politician, Alirza Nourizadeh, who functions in Great Britain, reported to Trend .

Lavrov's visit is aimed at re-establishing peace in the region, settling Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other security issues.

After collapse of the USSR, the relations and authority of Russia decreased, Nourizadeh reported to Trend by telephone from London on 21 March.

"In order to re-establish its previous authority, Russia expands its relations with the Middle East, especially Arabian countries and tries to actively participate as a mediator in the conflicts in the region. Syria, as a country isolated from the international community, is willing to receive Moscow's support. In addition, all sides of Israeli-Palestinian conflict accept Russia as a neutral country," the Iranian politician said.

According to Nourizadeh, Saudi Arabia also tries to expand relations with Russia. "They try to decrease Syria's interference in Lebanon through Russia. Russia is an important figure to re-establish stability in the region," Nourizadeh said.

The scientific employee of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Vladimir Evsev, reported to Trend by telephone from Moscow on 21 March that Lavrov's visit contains several goals. On the other hand, Russia wants to show Damascus that Moscow co-operates with Syria and Moscow does not take unilateral position with regards to the Arabian-Israeli conflict and works with the Arab world like with Israel. Moscow clearly understands that resolving this problem within in a short-term perspective is impossible. Due to it, Russia tries to co-operate with various sides and plays role of mediator.

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