Putin to Abbas: Trump Says Hi

Putin to Abbas: Trump Says Hi

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas visits Russia on Monday in a bid to secure Russian President Vladimir Putin's support following Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Other topics of mutual concern were discussed during the Putin-Trump call, including North Korea, according to the White House.

Trump last month accused Russian Federation of helping North Korea evade worldwide sanctions meant to punish Pyongyang for its pursuit of a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the United States.

Trump officially in December, announcing an imminent embassy move from Tel Aviv. for days following the announcement, although Trump says he views the decision as one of the highlights of his first year in office.

Abbas has refused any contact with Trump's administration since Washington's decision at the end of past year.

"We state that from now on we refuse to cooperate in any form with the U.S. in its status of a mediator", Abbas said in Moscow.

Putin met Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu exactly two weeks ago in Moscow.

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Nofal said that "Abbas announced that for Palestinians, the U.S. is not welcome to play the role of broker because of its bias towards Israel".

Trump spoke with Putin to "express his condolences regarding the crash of Saratov Airlines Flight 703 on February 11", the White House said, offering its account of the event.

In turn, the Russian president likened antisemitism to "Russophobia" and said Russia and Israel were "cooperating closely", particularly against "attempts to falsify history".

Trump White House has been less publicly critical of Israel's settlement building than previous administrations.

Palestine views the United States' decision as a rejection of East Jerusalem as the capital of any future Palestinian state.

Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said any annexation would "destroy all efforts to try and save the peace process".

"We warn that such steps, if implemented, would eliminate all global efforts aimed at saving the political process", he was quoted by Palestine News Agency, WAFA, as saying.

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