Russian emissaries to the Middle East here for briefing regarding Israel’s positions prior to the Annapolis Summit. 

 Russian envoys arrive in Israel on two-day official visit 


FM Livni greeting Russian envoy Alexander SaltanovPhoto: Flash 90

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Russian President’s emissary to the Middle East, Vice Foreign Minister Alexander Saltenov, and the Russian Foreign Minister’s emissary and representative to the Quartet, Mr. Sergey Yakovlev, arrived in Israel on Sunday (21 October 2007) on a two-day official visit.

The delegation met on Sunday with Mr. Aaron Abramovich, Director-General of the Foreign Ministry and with Mr. Pinchas Avivi, Deputy Director-General and head of the Division for Central Europe and Eurasia.

The two representatives also met with Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni and with Minister of Defense Ehud Barak. In their meeting today (Monday, 22 October) with FM Livni, they discussed Middle Eastern issues and the Iranian question. FM Livni advised the Russian dignitaries that an additional Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran is required.

Referring to the negotiations with the Palestinians, FM Livni stated that "the understanding that implementation of agreements in the process with the Palestinians are conditional to the implementation of the Roadmap must be clarified. Even when we do reach any agreement, it must be clear that the idea is not only to provide a key to the other side, but also to ensure that our demands regarding terror, as they were detailed in the Road Map, are implemented."

The purpose of the envoys visit, made within the framework of a regional tour, is to be briefed on the host country’s positions prior to the Annapolis Summit, and in turn to brief their hosts regarding the Russian position.