FILE – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, during his speech in his meeting with Russian President, Vladimir, Putin in Sochi, May 2017
RAMALLAH - 12 July 2019: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas highlighted the importance of Egypt’s role in achieving the inter-Palestinian reconciliation.
This came in a phone call between both leaders. During the phone conversation, Abbas hailed the Russian stance, supporting the international legitimacy, WAFA reported.
Abbas also briefed Putin on the the latest political developments in the Middle East, including the position towards the two-state solution, and the routinely Israeli violations, especially those in Al Quds, as well as the continuous expansions in settlements, and freezing Palestinian funds.
Putin told Abbas that economic support may not come as an alternative to a political solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Putin was referring to the recent US-sponsored Manama Workshop and the Donald Trump peace initiative, better known as the "deal of the century".
He added that a solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can only be achieved through the resolutions of the international community, but said he was keen to continue working with the United States and Israel to reach a two-state solution