Monday, February 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald trump. This was the Russian President announced the start of negotiations with President of Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas.
Putin noted that the two leaders discussed the Palestinian-Israeli settlement.
Earlier the Russian mass media with reference to the Advisor to Abbas said that the main theme of the meeting between Putin and Abbas will be the formation of a new international mechanism for the middle East settlement. The Palestinian side stressed that the US should not be the only player in this process and that the PNA want to, and Russia played an active role in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The meeting between Putin and Abbas were to be held in Sochi, but the Russian President has postponed a trip because of a plane crash in the suburbs. Thus the Palestinian delegation headed by Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Moscow.
According to the Palestinian media, 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.