Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, praising him for his approach to the peace process.

Speaking following the leaders' meeting in Bethlehem, Putin said that the "Palestinian leadership, and the president personally, have been behaving responsibly to achieve peace based on the two-state solution."

Putin said that the Soviet Union had recognized a Palestinian state in 1988 and Russia's view on the matter had not changed.

Abbas called for an international peace conference to take place in Moscow, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency.

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