Palestinian general discusses possible cooperation in Moscow | Israeli-Palestinian conflict News

Russia says Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin has held talks with PA Major General Nidal Abu Dukhan.

A senior Russian official has met with the commander of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces to discuss military and intelligence cooperation, Moscow’s defense ministry said.

Without providing details, it said Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin had talks with PA Major General Nidal Abu Dukhan on the sidelines of a security conference held jointly with the Russian Army 2022 forum.

The talks, which took place on Tuesday, came as Moscow, nearly six months after its invasion of Ukraine, is seeking allies around the world to counter what President Vladimir Putin described in a speech this week as Western hegemony and neocolonialism.

Russia has historically maintained good relations with the Palestinians and supported their pursuit of statehood, while ceasing steps it believed could threaten its status as a neutral intermediary between them and Israel.

Ties between Moscow and Israel have also been strong historically, but have recently been strained by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Israel has condemned.

Since its invasion, Russia has been eager to provide support to countries it considers allies in Latin America, Africa and Asia, including by selling advanced weapons and military technology.

In a separate statement on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said it has held talks with the West African country of Mali about strengthening its defense capabilities.

An al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali claimed Monday that it had killed four mercenaries from the Russian private military firm Wagner Group in an ambush around Bandiagara in the center of the country.

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