Israeli diplomats hold top-level discussions in Moscow for the first time in six years

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

A two-day meeting of Israeli ambassadors to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States was held on 17 June in Moscow, for the first time since 2001.

Participants included senior MFA officials responsible for relations with these countries, among them the Senior Deputy Director-General, the Deputy Director-General for Central Europe and Eurasia and the ambassadors to Russia, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and the non-resident ambassador to Armenia, Kirgizstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.  

The participants deliberated on issues concerning the Middle East and bilateral relations between Israel and the countries they are stationed in. Special emphasis was placed on economic relations, cultural activities and cooperation.

The MFA officials also held discussions and a political dialogue with senior members of the Russian Foreign Ministry, headed by Deputy Minister Alexander Saltanov. The discussions concentrated on Central Asia and the Caucasus.

According to the Deputy Director-General, "Recognition of the importance of a relationship with the entire region is growing in Israel, as is the awareness of the importance of the relationship with Russia. Israel should pay special attention to the countries of the region, including the moderate Moslem states".