Russia Brokers Deal Keeping Iran Out of Region Bordering With Israel

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News— Russia is doubling-down on its demand that non-Syrian forces step back from the border with Israel. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed the situation in Syria on Tuesday at the international Primakov Readings Forum, an international think-tank annual summit held in Moscow. TASS Russian news agency reported his…

Vladimir Putin has been supportive of Jews, but antisemitism is rife in Russia

By SEMYON DOVZHIK, The JC— On the day of the presidential election last Sunday, Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar published a fascinating post on Facebook. “In my opinion, ” he wrote, “today’s Russia is one of the most attractive places in the world for the development of Jewish communal life.” “Unfortunately, in many places traditional religious…

‘Russia ready to act as impartial mediator in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks’

By Israel Hayom— Russia is ready to act as an impartial mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said Monday at a U.N. Security Council meeting. Russian media further quoted Safronkov as saying Moscow was willing to host direct talks between the parties. Last week, following U.S.…