Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that comprehensive solutions to the problems of the region must take into account the security interests of Israel as a matter of principle.
In an article for Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth daily dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the Renewal of Diplomatic Relations Between Russia and Israel, Lavrov said: “We are interested in continuing consultations with our Israeli partners on security and stability issues in the Middle East.”
He recalled that the USSR was the first country to recognize the state of Israel back in May 1948.
The Russian FM said: “We always draw attention to the fact that comprehensive solutions to the problems of the region must necessarily take into account the security interests of Israel.”
At the same time, Moscow is convinced that there is no alternative to the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a generally recognized international legal basis, he stressed.
The FM also noted that Russian-Israeli mutually beneficial cooperation has stood the test of time and continues to actively develop in all directions.
He wrote that over the past decades, a solid experience of diversified cooperation has been accumulated in such spheres as economics, science and technology, healthcare and education.