Next week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the PA’s envoy to Moscow, the two leaders will discuss the possibility of establishing a new peace negotiations mechanism that will replace the Middle East Quartet.
Abbas and Putin in 2009 Photo Credit: Dmitry Azarov/Flash90
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas plan to discuss the possibility of establishing a new peace negotiations mechanism that will replace the Middle East Quartet, which is composed of the United Nations, the European Union, America and Russia.
According to the Russian Interfax news agency, which is affiliated with the government in Moscow, the discussions will take place next week in Sochi. The PA’s envoy to Russia, Abdel Hafiz Nofal, told Interfax that he is already preparing for the meeting in which he is expected to stress the Middle East Quartet’s failures and Ramallah’s opposition to Washington continuing its major role in the peace process.
Since US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem recognition, the tensions between Ramallah and Washington have been mounting. Immediately after Trump’s announcement, the PA claimed that the US president’s decisions “constitute a declaration of the United States’ withdrawal from its role of being the sponsor of the peace process.”