President Mahmoud Abbas received today visiting Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.
“I welcome my dear friend, President Vladimir Putin, the President of the Federal Republic of Russia, my personal friend and the friend of the Palestinian people who never misses an opportunity to talk about or support the Palestinian cause, and this is what we are accustomed to,” the President said as he welcomed Putin.
President Abbas expressed his gratitude for the political, economic, financial, security and cultural support that Russia has provided Palestine in recent years, in addition to its support for the just question of Palestine. He also praised the positive and effective role Russia has played in the region.
Among the issues discussed between the two leaders were Israel’s ongoing confiscation of Palestinian land, the United States’ Deal of the Century, and efforts to hold the Palestinian legislative and presidential elections.
On the other side, the Russian leader praised the historical Palestinian-Russian relations and expressed his readiness to cooperate with and support Palestine in all fields