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