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Is Russia leaning away from Palestine?

Russia recently described Palestinian attacks against Israelis as terrorist attacks, which might indicate a change in what Palestinians regarded as Moscow's balanced position.

Six months into the Palestinian uprising, Russian politicians seem to have shifted their position regarding the unrest. Having initially described the situation between Palestinians and Israelis as a state of tension that must end, Russians now are referring to Palestinian attacks on Israelis as acts of terror.

Back in October, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing its deep concern about the growing tensions and the escalating wave of violence between the Palestinians and Israel, calling on both parties for self-control. Perhaps the Russian position aligned with the generally accepted balanced positions of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East (United Nations, United States, Russia and the European Union) regarding Palestinians and Israelis.

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