Sputnik Maksim Blinov
Moscow expressed its astonishment at the Israeli government’s recall of the Russian ambassador to Tel Aviv, Anatoly Viktorov, against the backdrop of an interview published in the Jerusalem Post recently.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during a press briefing held today, Friday, that Israel reacted strongly to the Russian ambassador’s remarks that warrants Moscow astonishment, especially since the Russian side repeatedly informed Israeli colleagues of its views on these issues at various levels.
The spokeswoman stressed that all the ambassador’s statements coincide with Russia’s well-known positions on Middle East issues.
In this regard, Zakharova indicated that Russia generally views the normalization of relations between Israel and Arab countries positively, considering it a way to establish new channels of civilized interaction based on international law standards.
The Russian diplomat said that Moscow is based on the fact that the continuing escalation and the rejection of dialogue hinders finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stressing at the same time the firm Russian position that the Palestinian issue was and still is a central issue for peace in the Middle East, and sustainable regional stability cannot be achieved. And long-term without resolution.
At the same time, Zakharova pointed out that Russia has never hidden its opposition to the Israeli raids on Syria, as they contribute to undermining the stability of the region.
She added, “We affirm our interest in continuing periodic consultations with Israeli partners on issues of security and stability in the Middle East. We highly appreciate the constructive and trust-based dialogue between us, and we look forward, as our ambassador mentioned in the interview, to continue, during the decision-making process, to take into account Israel’s concerns in the security field in the eyes of Consideration. “
The Jerusalem Post recently published quotes from statements by the Russian ambassador to Israel, stating in particular that it is not Iran, but the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the biggest factor in destabilizing the region.