- Russian Foreign Minister restated Moscow's wish to host Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas expressed a willingness to accept Russian mediation.
- Russia's power aspirations in the Middle East and diasporic links in Israel have shaped its mediation efforts.
- As the Syrian civil war winds down, Russia has tried to reinforce its standing as a great power in the MENA region through diplomatic assertiveness in other theaters such as Libya, the Persian Gulf, and Israel-Palestine.
- Within Russian analyst circles, there is growing optimism about US-Russia cooperation on advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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