Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to hold five telephone conversations with his Middle Eastern colleagues on October 16, in particular with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Russian Presidential Assistant Yuri Ushakov told reporters about this.
In addition to the already held negotiations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi, the schedule also includes communication with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Ushakov specified.
As Ushakov said, Putin is closely monitoring the worsening of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Russia calls on the parties to immediately cease fire and move to a political settlement. In addition, any negotiations must be based on a two-state formula, which implies the creation of an independent Palestine.
The aggravation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began on October 7 with an attack by Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip on Israel and retaliatory strikes by the Israeli army on the strip. The situation in Gaza has been the subject of numerous diplomatic talks and visits, including a trip by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the region. On October 16, Blinken returned to Israel after visiting several Arab countries.