Russia slams U.S.-led Middle East peace conference as doomed to fail
Russia has criticized an upcoming conference in Bahrain at which the Trump administration will launch the economic part of its Middle East peace plan.
Context: The Foreign Ministry in Moscow claims the conference is aimed at "imposing an alternative vision" for the peace process, but will fail like the U.S.-led anti-Iran conference in Warsaw last February. China and Russia notified the Palestinians several days ago they would boycott the conference.
"The persistent desire by the U.S. to replace a comprehensive political solution with some economic 'bonuses' for the Palestinians is of deep concern. At this difficult stage, collective efforts to launch Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are needed, rather than unilateral 'deals' of opportunistic nature."— Russian Foreign Ministry statement