MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed Monday the need to resolve the crisis in Syria and other nations of the Middle East and North Africa, without foreign interference, said today the capital television.
After meeting in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Putin reiterated that regional disputes should be resolved without foreign intervention, after having analyzed the situation in Syria and the dispute about Iran's nuclear program.
It is in Russia's national interest to ensure peace and tranquility in the Middle East and in Israel, stated President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres.
We have nearly one million former compatriots in Israel and we are primarily interested in regional stability to ensure that they live in peace and security, Putin added.
“From the very beginning of the so-called Arab Spring, Russia has been persuading its partners that democratic changes should take place in a civilized manner and without external intervention,” Putin said after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first visit to the country since 2005.
Putin’s strident rhetoric and a flat-out refusal to support sanctions against Moscow’s Soviet-era ally Syria have pitted him against the West.
Russia is pushing for an international Syria conference and has already discussed the plan with Jordan as well as the European Union, Iran and Iraq.
Putin will meet on Tuesday in the city of Bethlehem with the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who will discuss the round of negotiations, held in Amman, where autonomy proposals were rejected by Tel Aviv.