UNITED NATIONS - Russia has proposed that the United Nations Security Council make its first visit to the Middle East in more than three decades, to help restart stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the UN said Tuesday he made the proposal during consultations late last week. Churkin said in addition to Israel and the Palestinian territories, the 15-nation Council should aim to visit Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. He said the Security Council could boost international efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks with its first trip to the region since 1979. The envoy told reporters Russia is concerned that in addition to the peace talks not moving forward, the entire region is quite fragile and fraught with other possible complications. Russia is one of five permanent, veto-wielding Council members, along with the United States, Britain, China and France. It also belongs to the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers, which includes the US, the UN and the European Union. But an American diplomat, who asked not to be named, said the trip is not certain, as some members have questioned whether it would be a harmful rather than a helpful move. In Munich, Ban attended a high-level meeting of the Quartet, comprising the UN, European Union (EU) Russia and the United States, which seeks a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict based on Israel and Palestine living side by side as sovereign nations in peace and security. Ban later briefed Arab League ambassadors on the situation. They touched on a number of issues in their discussion, including settlements, the situation in Gaza, and the next steps to be undertaken by the Quartet.