Spokesman: Russian FM will not Visit Middle East in Near Future

Published November 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Russia's Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov will not make any more trips to the Middle East in the near future, the foreign ministry official said Monday as quoted by Itar-Tass news agency. 

The foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko denied recent media reports that Ivanov might visit the crisis-ridden region again. 

"Russia is now engaged in active consultations with both sides in the conflict ... in order to halt violence, normalize the situation and resume the negotiating process," Yakovenko said as quoted by the ITAR-Tass. 

Ivanov, now at the OSCE conference in Austria, said Saturday that Russia, the United States and the European Union should work together to calm tension in Israel and the Palestinian territories. 

Yakovenko also confirmed that Israel's Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami is due in Moscow on Wednesday, in order to discuss Russia's new initiatives with his Russian counterpart – MOSCOW (AFP) 



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