Moscow Urges Israel for Dialogue on WMD-Free Mideast

Moscow — Russia Saturday called on Israel to join a dialogue on a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), stressing that Moscow, Washington and London have a responsibility to set up the zone.

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said in a press statement that “the conference represents the first real step to move in this direction,” adding that the process will be long and not easy.

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“This session was successful, in which differences were overcome and work rules were agreed,” he said.

Ulyanov said Israel’s absence “is somewhat strange, and certainly undesirable, because it is a key player in the Middle East, and that its participation in the process is important.”