Russia says Deputy Minister of Defence Alexander Fomin held talks with the PA’s Main Common Nidal Abu Dukhan.
A senior Russian official has met the commander of the Palestinian Authority (PA) safety forces to debate army and intelligence cooperation, Moscow’s defence ministry stated.
With out offering particulars, it stated that Deputy Minister of Defence Alexander Fomin held talks with Main Common Nidal Abu Dukhan from the PA on the margins of a safety convention held alongside Russia’s Military-2022 discussion board.
The talks, which passed off on Tuesday, got here as Moscow, practically six months into its invasion of Ukraine, seeks allies around the globe to counter what President Vladimir Putin described in a speech this week as Western hegemony and neo-colonialism.
Russia has historically maintained good relations with the Palestinians and supported their drive for statehood, whereas stopping wanting steps it believed may threaten its standing as a impartial middleman between them and Israel.
Ties between Moscow and Israel have additionally been traditionally sturdy, however have just lately develop into strained as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Israel has condemned.
Russia has been keen to supply assist to international locations it considers allies in Latin America, Africa and Asia since its invasion, together with via promoting superior weapons and army expertise.
In a separate assertion on Wednesday, the defence ministry stated it held talks with the West African nation of Mali on strengthening its defence capabilities.
Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Mali claimed on Monday it had killed 4 mercenaries from Russia’s non-public army agency Wagner Group in an ambush round Bandiagara within the centre of the nation.