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Ramallah (UNA-OIC) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday reaffirmed Russia’s principal stance in support of solving the Palestinian question based on the international legal norms.
During a phone call, Putin discussed with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas the latest developments in the Palestinian arena, with a particular focus on Israel’s illegal annexation move, which has been widely rejected by the international community.
Putin reiterated Russia’s “principal stance in support of a just and long-term solution of the Palestine-Israel conflict in accordance with the existing international legal base,” as reported by the Russian News Agency (TASS).
He stressed the importance of reviving the negotiation process based on international legal norms, under the auspices of the Quartet and with the participation of other countries, and affirmed Russia’s readiness to continue its efforts to achieve intra-Palestinian reconciliation.
Regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus, Putin affirmed that his country has made great progress in curbing the pandemic spread, affirmed his county’s readiness to provide the possible assistance required to Palestine in this field, and appreciated the efforts made by Palestine in this regard.
President Abbas congratulated his Russian counterpart on the successful referendum on the constitutional amendments, which reflected the confidence of the Russian people in their wise leadership.
He also praised Russia’s position supporting achieving peace based on the international legal norms, advocating the Palestinian people’s inalienable legitimate rights, including the right to independence and freedom, and rejecting Israel’s annexation move.
Abbas expressed the readiness of the State of Palestine to engage in negotiations on the basis of the international legal norms, under the auspices of the International Quartet, and with the participation of other countries.
On intra-Palestinian reconciliation, President Abbas appreciated Russia’s important efforts to achieve Palestinian reconciliation, calling on Russia to pursue these efforts.
He briefed the Russian leader on the Palestinian efforts to battle the second wave of the coronavirus and expressed his appreciation of Russia’s efforts in combating the epidemic, and its assistance to Palestine in this area.
Both leaders agreed to continue coordination and consultation on issues of common concern and regional issues.