Russia says Deputy Minister of Defence Alexander Fomin held talks with the PA’s Major General Nidal Abu Dukhan.
A senior Russian official has met the commander of the Palestinian Authority (PA) safety forces to focus on navy and intelligence cooperation, Moscow’s defence ministry stated.
Without offering particulars, it stated that Deputy Minister of Defence Alexander Fomin held talks with Major General Nidal Abu Dukhan from the PA on the margins of a safety convention held alongside Russia’s Army-2022 discussion board.
The talks, which came about on Tuesday, got here as Moscow, nearly six months into its invasion of Ukraine, seeks allies world wide 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 in need of steps it believed may threaten its standing as a impartial middleman between them and Israel.
Ties between Moscow and Israel have additionally been traditionally robust, however have lately turn out to be strained because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Israel has condemned.
Russia has been keen to supply assist to nations it considers allies in Latin America, Africa and Asia since its invasion, together with by way of promoting superior weapons and navy know-how.
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 personal navy agency Wagner Group in an ambush round Bandiagara within the centre of the nation.