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Russia not to attend Mideast conference over failure to cover Palestine issue

Russia not to attend Mideast conference over failure to cover Palestine issueMoscow : Russia will not attend the Warsaw Conference on the Middle East, to be organized by the United States and Poland on February 13-14, as the event agenda failed to cover all problems of the region, particularly the Palestinian cause.

“We perceive with concern the continued US attempts to impose its unilateral geopolitical interests through initiatives presented as the opinion of the entire international community,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Following a thorough analysis of the provisional agenda and program of this conference provided by the organizers, Russia has decided not to attend,” it said.

The ministry complained that the Warsaw conference will not cover basic problems in the Middle East, particularly the Arab-Israeli conflict and its core element, the Palestinian issue. It added that the meeting has been arranged “hastily and behind closed doors,” without due regard for the opinions of influential states in the region and beyond.

Also in the statement, Russia underlined the need to find compromise solutions to problems with the help of the United Nations and based on international law instead of promoting unilateral approaches.

—AB/UNA-OIC

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