The head of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Gheit, traveled to Moscow today for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the situation in Gaza following the attack by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Israel, the biggest in recent years.

Abul Gheit, who served as Egypt’s foreign minister during the last seven years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule, will hold talks on the “continued escalation in the Gaza Strip,” a Cairo-based spokesman for the Arab League said.

After the attack by Hamas last Saturday, Russia expressed serious concern, calling on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides to stop the violence and blamed the West for blocking the Quartet in the Middle East.

Moscow called a proper negotiation necessary to prepare for the creation of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

“We view the current large-scale escalation as another extremely dangerous manifestation of a vicious cycle of violence resulting from the chronic failure to comply with the respective UN and Security Council resolutions and the Western blockade of the Quartet’s work on the Middle East, made up of international mediators from Russia, the United States, the EU and the UN,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

The Palestinian Authority today submitted a memorandum requesting the emergency convening of the Arab League at the level of foreign ministers, according to the Palestinian WAFA news agency.