PA leader Abbas to meet with Putin in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow to discuss Russia’s role in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Abbas and Putin in 2009 Photo Credit: Dmitry Azarov/Flash90

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is said to be visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia on February 12, according to the Palestinian Authority’s official news source Wafa. The trip will take place just two days after Narendra Modi will become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the West Bank.

The trip will also come a couple of weeks after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Putin in Russia. The two discussed the threat of a nuclear-capable Iran and the Iranian presence in countries neighboring Israel.

The local Palestinian radio station Voice of Palestine spoke with the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Malki, who stated that Abbas and Putin will discuss the role of Russia in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The two are to further discuss Russia hosting a peace conference, which was allegedly offered by Putin in the past to both Abbas and Netanyahu. The conference would also include the participation of the United States, despite Abbas’ shift from American involvement in the peace process following US President Donald Trump’s announcement to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, while declaring it the capital of Israel.

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