After Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov expressed support for the Palestinians, the Kremlin said that Russia maintains diplomatic ties with both sides in the conflict.
“We have long-standing historical ties with the Palestinians, we continue to foster contacts, including at high level. But at the same time, we have relations with the state of Israel, with which we also have much in common, particularly, the large number of our compatriots residing in this state," said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. “Therefore, in this case, we maintain relations with both parties.”
When questioned about the nature of Russia's support for Palestinians, Peskov said Moscow is actively engaged in diplomatic efforts and participating in various formats seeking grounds for a settlement. “We intend to continue to make efforts and play a role in terms of assistance in finding a way to a settlement,” he said Tuesday.
Peskov added that the dates for an announced visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Moscow have not been finalized but said the visit had been planned in advance.
In a video posted Monday, Kadyrov expressed “complete support” for the Palestinians and suggested the deployment of his “peacemaking” forces on a mission to settle the conflict in Israel. Kadyrov also called on “Islamic, Muslim and Arabic countries to make a joint statement in protection of their Muslim brothers” and blamed the West and Europe for the conflict in Israel.
Earlier Monday, Peskov voiced significant concern over the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and called for a peaceful resolution.