Moscow conference will help advance Middle East peace process: Russian president
Russia is ready to continue to cooperate to resolve the conflict in the Middle East and peace conference to take place in Moscow by end of the year can help advance Arab-Israel peaceful process, Vesti television channel quoted Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as saying during official visit to Egypt.
"We support the efforts of Egypt in the peace process and are ready to cooperate in establishing stability in the region," Medvedev said at a joint news conference with Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Hosni Mubarak.
Israeli military action in Gaza in late December and early January undermined attempts to stabilize the situation in the region, but a Moscow peace conference and the work of Arab and international mediators can be helpful, Medvedev said.
"Moscow is ready to cooperate in solving the problem of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and problems of the capital of a future Palestinian state," Medvedev said. "Much progress in these areas can be reached at the Moscow conference."
Russia, as a member of the Quartet, offered to hold peace conference on the Middle East in Moscow, but because of the disagreement, the issue has not been resolved yet. Syria refuses to participate in the conference, while Israel will not agree to return the Golan Heights occupied in 1967.