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Lavrov slams Trump's peace plan in meeting with Palestinian factions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, center, talks during a meeting with representatives of Palestinian groups and movements in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.
(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Palestinian factions in Moscow on Tuesday that the long awaited United States Middle East peace plan will "destroy everything" that has been done so far.

"American colleagues propose, rather than come up with new ideas to solve the problem. (They) have been promising for more than two years to propose some "deal of the century." But it's clear that the information available enables us to assess this "deal of the century," as one that would destroy everything that has been done so far," Lavrov said.

Russia has taken a critical stance toward the peace plan from the beginning, emphasizing two states as a requirement of any proposal to the conflict.

"We hear about it for the second year already, they regularly promise this, but these are ‘jam tomorrow’ promises. We have not seen it so far, and nobody knows when we will see it," Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya reportedly told the Russian news agency TASS in December last year.

Vasily added that "no plan will be viable if the internationally recognized basis for the Middle East settlement is not taken into account and it is crucial to rely on a two-state solution."

Lavrov also addressed the disunity between Palestinian factions with representatives from both Hamas and Fatah present at the meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.

(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

"This, probably difficult decision, (to unite) is unique in that it depends on you only. It doesn't depend on no external actors. External actors who might have varying agendas will try to break you up, (and send you) to different corners of one or another room and to prevent the fateful decision (to unite), which, I believe, you must make," Lavrov said.

“Ending the split will strengthen the position of Russia and the international community, supporting a diplomatic solution based on decisions of the international community. There are countries that don’t see an end to the division and therefore conclude that without it, the two-state solution has become mission impossible,” the Russian Foreign Minister concluded.

Egypt is currently attempting to reconcile the two rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, but so far without concrete results.

While Lavrov spoke with Palestinian representatives in Moscow about the US peace plan, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh.

King Salman said the kingdom was committed to an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, and that his country "permanently stands by Palestine and its people's right to an independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital".

Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, who has worked on the peace plan alongside the president’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, is due to make a rare speaking appearance on Thursday in Warsaw at a US-led conference on Middle East peace and security in Warsaw.

Although expectations to Kushner’s speech are high, he is not expected to unveil the proposal until after the April 9 election in Israel.



Does iran give its orders to russia? :)

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