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Russian President Putin supports Palestinian statehood

06-26-2012 22:32 BJT

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Russian president Vladimir Putin has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he has "no problem" recognizing a Palestinian state. It comes during Putin’s first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories in seven years.

During talks in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Putin praised his Palestinian counterpart for his "responsible position" in negotiations with Israel, which have been frozen for four years. Putin offered veiled criticism of Israel, saying unilateral action was "not constructive". Abbas said Israel must stop Jewish settlements being built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, before negotiations over a possible Palestinian state can resume.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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