The press service of the Kremlin announced that Vladimir Putin held talks with Mahmoud Abbas, who is in Russia on a working visit. Note that the press service of the President of Russia calls Abbas «President of Palestine».
Before the talks, Mr Putin told Abbas that he had just had a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald trump. «Of course we talked about Palestinian-Israeli settlement. I want to transfer from him to Your address best wishes. And regarding the content of our conversation, we will talk about this with You right now,» — said Putin.
In that meeting, Mahmoud Abbas presented his version of the causes of tensions between the Ramallah and Washington. He said that since the election of Donald trump to the President until September 2017 on four occasions he met with him. And all this time, he waited for the White house will announce its plan of settlement. «But then a great surprise was the decision of the U.S. government a few months ago about closure of a representative office of the Palestine liberation Organization in Washington,» Abbas said.
Abbas explains that since 1987 the U.S. Congress considers the Palestinian authority and the PLO terrorist organizations. In order that the White house could continue contacts with Ramallah, every six months, it was imperative that the government made for Ramallah exception. According to Abbas, when the United States announced the closure of the PLO mission, his administration announced the closure of the American Consulate in Jerusalem.
«After a short period thereafter, the President trump us again surprised. It was a slap in the face for us. Referring to his decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and, accordingly, to consider a unified Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Then there was another decision, this decision is trump to cease assistance to the UNRWA in the middle East the UN Agency for assistance to Palestinian refugees and the organization of work.
Then started to happen things that were not there before, he began to say: we will stop you, because you oppose the negotiation process. And I was also very surprised because we never in all our history, since 1988 and to this day, has never abandoned the negotiation process.
As justification it was said that we said ‘ no ‘ to any meetings with Israeli officials. The proof serves as my consent to Your proposal, which You did in their time, to organize a direct meeting between me and Netanyahu. I agreed, I was already on the way to You when I said that Netanyahu had canceled the meeting.
And in such an atmosphere, which was created by the actions of the United States, we declare that starting from this moment, we refuse in any way to cooperate with the Americans in their capacity as mediator, as we oppose their actions. And if you will be an international conference, an international event, we ask that the result was the creation of such a mechanism, in which the United States would not be the only mediator, and only part of the mediation team», — quotes the press-service of the Kremlin, the head of the Palestinian authority.
The official news Agency in Ramallah Wafa reported that Mahmoud Abbas on this trip, accompany a member of the PLO Executive Committee Ahmad Majdalani, Minister of foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki, a member of the Central Committee of Fatah, Hussein al-Sheikh, Abbas’s adviser for international Affairs Nabil Shaath and other officials. The Agency reported that the delegation is already in Russia.