Moscow supports efforts of U.S. to resume talks between Palestine, Israel

Moscow supports the efforts of the United States to resume the negotiating process between Palestine and Israel, Russian presidential special envoy to the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.

Moscow supports the efforts of the United States to resume the negotiating process between Palestine and Israel, Russian presidential special envoy to the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.

"We support the efforts of our U.S. partners. The task of unblocking the negotiating process between Israelis and Palestinians is very pressing. I hope that the talks will resume the international legal basis so I want to wish success to the Americans," Bogdanov told Interfax on Thursday.

"We expect that the U.S. will inform us in detail on progress and agreements reached later," Bogdanov said.

The progress and agreements should also be discussed in the framework of a meeting of the Middle Eastern "quartette" comprising Russia, the U.S., the European Union and the UN, Bogdanov said. It has been planned for quite a while to hold a ministerial meeting of the four, he said.

"A certain date has not been set yet, the Americans have asked us to wait and to give them extra time," Bogdanov said.

Bogdanov said he hoped that the ministerial meeting would take place "as quickly as possible."

The official said he did not exclude that the four sides could meet during the coming trip of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to the U.S. in early August or in the framework of the UN General Assembly meeting in September.

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