A high-ranking Russian official met with the commander of the Palestinian security forces to discuss the two sides’ military and intelligence cooperation, the Russian Defense Ministry announced today in Moscow.
Without elaborating, the ministry announced that Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin held talks with Palestinian National Authority Lt. Gen. Nidal Abu Duhan on the sidelines of a security conference held alongside the Army-2022 international forum being held in Russia .
The talks, which took place yesterday, Tuesday, came as Moscow, nearly six months after launching its invasion of Ukraine, is seeking allies around the world to respond to what President Vladimir Putin described in a speech as the week western hegemony and neo-colonialism.
Russia has traditionally maintained good relations with the Palestinians and supports their quest for statehood, but has refrained from taking steps it believes could threaten its position as an independent mediator between them and Israel.
Relations between Moscow and Israel are also historically strong, but have recently been strained by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Israel has condemned.
Russia is willing to offer support to countries it considers allies in Latin America, Africa and Asia after its invasion, including the sale of advanced weapons and military technology.
In a separate statement, the defense ministry said it had held talks with Mali, in West Africa, to strengthen its defense capabilities.
An organization in Mali linked to al-Qaeda claimed yesterday, Monday, that it had killed four mercenaries of the Russian private military company Wagner in an ambush in Badiagara province, in the center of the country.