Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami plans to travel to Russia in the first week of December for discussions on the Middle East crisis, his office said in a statement Wednesday.
Ben Ami had put off his trip, originally due to start on Monday, because of the political crisis in Israel, where Prime Minister Ehud Barak announced on Tuesday that a date for new elections will be set in the next few days.
The foreign ministry said Ben Ami's decision to go to Moscow in the first week of December followed a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Tuesday night.
Ben Ami was expected to discuss the situation in the Middle East after two months of Israeli-Palestinian violence that has left more than 290 people dead, most of them Palestinians.
Russia, along with the United States, is a co-sponsor of the moribund Middle East peace process, although its influence in the region has waned considerably in recent years.
In a bid to strengthen Moscow's position, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Friday and brokered a telephone conversation between him and Barak -- JERUSALEM (AFP)
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