Russia will support Palestine’s efforts to settle its conflict with the Israeli regime through negotiation, President Vladimir Putin says.
“We will support your efforts aimed at making more effective steps needed in order to reach constructive dialogue” with Tel Aviv, Putin said during Monday’s talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow.
The Russian president also said he would like to talk about regional problems as well as bilateral economic ties, especially in the context of the creation of a Russian-Palestinian intergovernmental commission, at his meeting with Abbas.
The Palestinian leader, for his turn, said that he is in favor of holding an international conference on the Middle East settlement.
“Now the question of holding an international Middle East conference is on the agenda,” Abbas said. “This issue is very important for us.”
The last round of the so-called peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians collapsed in 2014. Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement activities and its refusal to release senior Palestinian prisoners were among major reasons behind the failure of the talks.
Tel Aviv formally suspended the talks with the Palestinian Authority on April 24, 2014, after Abbas forged a unity pact with the Hamas resistance movement, which is based in the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Israel responded to the unity pact by announcing tenders for the building of 4,800 illegal settler units on the occupied Palestinian territories.