Moscow welcomes agreement to restart Palestinian-Israeli talks

Russia welcomes the agreement on restarting Palestinian-Israeli talks reached with U.S. assistance.

"Russia welcomes the general agreement on restarting Palestinian-Israeli talks on the final status of Palestinian territories announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a press conference in Amman on July 19," a Monday commentary of the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

"Moscow has taken note of the announcement of the U.S. secretary of state that in the next few days Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would travel to Washington to finalize the formula of resuming talks," the commentary says.

"We are still convinced that only Palestinians and Israelis themselves demonstrating full responsibility for the future of their peoples can and must agree on all aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement based on the well-known international legal groundwork, including UN Security Council resolutions #242 and #338, the Madrid principles, the Arab peace initiative and the decisions of the Middle East quartet of international mediators," the Foreign Ministry commentary says.

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