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FILE -- In this Nov. 30, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, at the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, . Russia’s Foreign Ministry says Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed “in principle” to meet in Moscow for talks. The ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, that Moscow has heard from the offices of Abbas and Netanyahu that he two are confirming they agreed to meet in Moscow, though it’s not clear when that will happen. No date has been set. (Martin Bureau/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia says it's leading new peace talks between Israel and Palestine



Russia is going to be a key player in the Middle East peace process as the host country for future peace meetings between Israel and Palestine, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed to meet on an unspecified date.

No progress in two-and-a-half years

The announcement indicates that Russia is pushing forward with its attempt to become a peace broker in the region after a setback earlier in the week.

On Tuesday, Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said a meeting scheduled in Moscow this week had been delayed at Israel's request.

The last round of peace talks broke down two and a half years ago, with no progress reported during months of negotiations brokered by the United States.

The leaders have decades' worth of issues to discuss, including the construction of Israeli settlements on land claimed by Palestinians.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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