Russia and the Arab–Israeli conflict

Russia And The Arab–Israeli Conflict

Russia and the Arab–Israeli conflict

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Russia is a member of the Quartet on the Middle East. For related developments prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, see the article Soviet Union and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In the 1990s

During the 1990s a massive Jewish immigration (Aliyah) took place in which over 1,000,000 Jews moved from the former Soviet Union, mainly Russia, to Israel. Russian is now the third most widely spoken first language in Israel(after Hebrew and Arabic). This complicates Russia's role in the Middle East with many ethnic Russians and wealthy Russian citizens residing or living in Israel. Israel has the fourth largest number of Ethnic Russians, and the 3rd most Russian speakers.

Russia's return to the Middle East

After 2001 the government of Vladimir Putin intensified Russia's involvement in the region, supporting Iran's nuclear programs and forgiving Syria 73% of its $13 billion debt.

In his September 10, 2004 article Middle East Horizons of Russian Foreign Politics: Russia returns to one of the world's key regions, Mikhail Margelov, the Head of the Foreign Relations Council of the Russian Federation, wrote:

<blockquote>"President Putin called for the renewal of contacts with the countries with which Russia maintained long friendly relations and invested a lot of material and intellectual resources. The Arab countries constitute a large part of those...
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