Russia backs Palestinian proposal for Mideast peace conference

Speaking to UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Lavrov suggests ministerial-level multinational summit in the spring or summer

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas in Moscow, on January 20, 2012. (AP Photo/ Mikhail Metzel)

UNITED NATIONS, United States — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday backed a Palestinian proposal for a Middle East peace conference, saying at the UN that it could be held at ministerial level in the spring or summer.

Recalling that Moscow had backed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s idea for international talks in early 2021 when he first proposed it in September, Lavrov offered ideas about who could be invited.

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