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Russian delegation discuss s Middle East situation with Israeli policy-makers

February 28, 2012, 3:00 UTC+3

Dwelling on the Iranian problems, he said that there is not a single politician in Russia who would like Iran to have nuclear arms

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TEL AVIV, February 28 (Itar-Tass) —— A visiting delegation from the Russian Federation Council upper parliament house on Monday met with Israeli policy-makers to discuss the situation in the Arab world, including the Iranian nuclear problem.

The Russian delegation led by chairman of the Federal Council international committee Mikhail Margelov met with Speaker of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) Reuven Rivlin, Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman and chairman of the parliament’s foreign affairs and defence committee Shaul Mofaz.

“The processes that are dubbed as the Arab Spring have made the complicated political interests in the region especially important for the entire world politics,” Margelov told Russian journalists. “The contacts with the Israeli political elite focused on specific ways of takinf “political temperature” in the region.”

The position of our Israeli partners on Syria differs from ours, we have a great deal of differences about how to act in respect of Iran,” he said. “But over the years we have learnt that even if we differ on some aspects it does not make us enemies and we continue to discuss all the problems based on principles of strategic partnership.”

Margelov stressed that these differences must not tell on bilateral cooperation. “What we have gained in our bilateral relations in the past 20 years is a unique heritage both in the sphere of the humanities, and in the spheres of culture, intellectual values and economics,” he noted. “We continue cooperation in the area of high technologies, in the area of nanotehcnologies, we discuss various modernization projects. Hence, we are not limited to the sphere of foreign policy only.”

Dwelling on the Iranian problems, he said that there is not a single politician in Russia who would like Iran to have nuclear arms. “But Oriental policy needs complicated constructions, it is necessary to take into account all interests, and we are trying to do so,” Margelov stressed.

On Tuesday, the Russian delegation will hold more consultations with their Israeli colleagues. On Wednesday, the delegation will meet with Palestinian leaders.

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