Abbas travels to Moscow in bid to circumvent US as main Mideast peace brokers

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By JNS.. Abbas sees Russia as an emerging power in the Middle East, and hopes that Russia together with other international powers can serve as brokers of an arrangement that will deliver a Palestinian state. Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas traveled Russia on Monday (February 12, 2018), in an attempt to boost the standing of the Palestinian Authority and gain backing for a Palestinian state from Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the wake of deteriorating relations between Palestinians and the current U.S. administration. [Photo top right: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow, on April 07, 2009. Photo by Dmitry Azarov / Flash90]. Abbas has refused to have any contact with US President Donald Trump’s administration since the American president officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Abbas and the Palestinian Authority boycotted a visit by US Vice President Mike Pence in January (2018). Read the full story.



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