Russian President Medvedev to visit Palestinian territories

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January 6, 2011 05:16

 
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MOSCOW— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit the Palestinian territories even though his trip to Israel has been canceled due to an Israeli Foreign Ministry strike, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The Kremlin statement, released late Tuesday, said President Shimon Peres had apologized to Medvedev for the inability to prepare for his visit in mid-January.

During their telephone conversation, the two presidents agreed to meet during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, at the end of the month, the Kremlin and Peres' office said.

An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman shrugged off suggestions that Israel might be offended by Medvedev's visit to the Palestinians, saying the Russian leader is free to visit wherever he wants.

The Kremlin did not say Wednesday whether Medvedev planned to visit the West Bank, Gaza or both. But in a statement, Peres said Medvedev would be meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of Jericho.

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