A peace summit would boost Putin’s image as a growing force in the Middle East at the expense of US influence.
The Australian/The Times: Russia’s Vladimir Putin offers to host Middle East peace talks
President Vladimir Putin is pushing to host peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in the latest sign of his ambition for Russia to replace the US as chief powerbroker in the Middle East.
Mr Putin made his overture to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, who said that it would involve a meeting at the Kremlin between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
“Putin has told me that he is ready to receive Abbas and Netanyahu in Moscow to carry out direct talks to find a solution,” Mr Sisi told the state-owned newspaper Al Ahram.
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Update #1: Vladimir Putin offers Middle East peace talks for Israel, Palestinians -- UPI
Update #2: Netanyahu phones Putin to talk Middle East peace -- The Times of Israel
WNU Editor: I had a heads up that this was going to happen when I read this .... Putin wants to be Middle East peacemaker, Egypt's Sisi says (Middle East Monitor). Will these talks produce results that push the peace process forward .... I have my doubts .... but someone has to step up to push it.