Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has consulted his Western counterparts and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in a bid to coordinate the world's response to the Middle East crisis, the ministry said Wednesday.
Ivanov held telephone talks Tuesday and Wednesday with Annan and foreign ministers from Britain, France, Israel, along with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
During the conversations, Ivanov stressed "the importance of completely coordinated efforts" in solving the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence, the foreign ministry said.
It added that the "predominant opinion" expressed was for "urgent intervention in the situation" in order to curb the violence.
Russia, together with the United States, is a co-sponsor of the Middle East process and a traditional ally of Arab states.
However its influence in the region has waned substantially, as was underlined by its absence from October's Sharm el-Sheikh summit in Egypt -- MOSCOW (AFP)
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