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Abbas to meet Putin in Sochi to discuss alternative peace process

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas take part in a videoconference with Bethlehem following a meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black sea resort of Sochi on May 11, 2017
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Abbas is reportedly planning to give a speech to UN Security Council in New York following the trip to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will meet this Monday, February 12 in Sochi to discuss alternative ways to revive stalled negotiations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Following Trump’s controversial Jerusalem declaration, Abbas has sought out new players to replace the United States in its role as peacemaker, saying that Washington was a "dishonest mediator", and "we will no longer accept any plan from it".

Abbas seems keen for Russia and other European nations to step in, viewing them as more supportive of the Palestinian cause, instead of the Middle East Quartet, which was established in 2002 and consists of the US, the UN, the EU, and Russia. 

“We are hoping that Russia and the EU will step in to fill the void,” a Palestinian official said according to a story in the Times of Israel. “We believe that these countries should and can play a larger role in any peace process in the wake of the Trump administration’s hostile policies toward the Palestinians and bias in favor of Israel.”

China has also suggested that it may seek to position itself as a facilitator in resolving the conflict. 

Last Thursday, Abbas met with a Russian delegation led by secretary of the security council, Nikolai Patrushev, who also met with the Israeli Prime Minister on the same trip in order to discuss regional threats and reinforce ties between the countries. 

Abbas is reportedly planning to give a speech to the UN Security Council on February 20th, in New York, following the trip to Russia. 

"The United States can co-sponsor the peace process, within a multilateral framework, not through individual sponsorship, as in the past, because of its bias towards Israel,” PA officials told i24NEWS.

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Abbas want Judenrein. Nothing to talk about.

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