Putin and Abbas Discuss Russia-Ukraine Talks, Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed negotiations with the Russian and Ukraine and situation at the Middle East with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over the phone on Monday.

The leaders discussed issues pertaining to the settlement in the Middle East in the context of escalating tensions on the West Bank of the River Jordan and in East Jerusalem, Putin’s office said in a statement.  

“The leaders expressed the hope that this would not develop into a major confrontation between Palestine and Israel,” the statement said, adding the two leaders emphasized the need to “re-launch a direct dialogue between Palestine and Israel”, in part, under the aegis of the quartet of international mediators.

During the talks, Putin also informed Abbas about the ongoing “special military operation to protect Donbass” and the talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives.

The leaders also reviewed current bilateral issues, primarily relating to trade and the economy, and reaffirmed a mutual desire to continue developing friendly bilateral ties, according to the statement.

President Putin stressed Russia’s firm position in support of the rights of the Palestinian people, and that Russia will continue to accord its political support to the Palestinian cause in all international forums, Palestinian News Agency WAFA reported.

Putin also stressed his rejection of the “Israeli practices that prevent worshippers from freely” accessing the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the need to respect the existing historical status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.


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