Russia to Send Its Envoy to Mideast for New Mediation Effort

Andrei Vdovin, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov's commissioner for Israeli-Palestinian settlement, is heading for the Middle East for yet another attempt to get the conflicting sides back to the negotiating table, the Foreign Ministry's press and information board has announced. Vdovin leaves for the Mideast on Tuesday, April 22.

Russia is determined to continue mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in association with its three partners on the Quartet (the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations), Foreign Ministry spokespeople point out. During his forthcoming Mideast tour, Vdovin will meet with Quartet counterparts to discuss ways of assisting the Palestinian Authority with its political reform and of restarting the peace process on the basis of the Mideast roadmap, they say.

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