Russia’s Foreign Ministry yesterday applauded French president Jacques Chirac and the efforts of French diplomats to strengthen Europe’s role in the Middle East peace process. A ministry spokesman said that Moscow and Paris were working together actively on Middle East issues. (Itar-Tass, October 24) During a trip to the region Chirac has called for the creation of a Palestinian state and suggested that the U.S.-led peace process is losing momentum. (AP, October 24)
Moscow Urges IFOR Extension.