News ID: 8607
Publish Date: 26 June 2012 - 18:08
Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized Israel over its continued illegal settlement expansions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Speaking after talks with the acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, Putin said the settlement activities are 'unilateral actions' that will not be 'unconstructive.'

Putin added that Russia has no problem recognizing an independent Palestinian state.

Putin’s visit to the West Bank comes after he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Monday.

Negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials have been frozen for nearly four years.

Russia along with other members of the so-called Middle East Quartet, including the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, have sought to bring the sides back to the negotiations.

Palestinians, however, say they will not hold new talks unless the Tel Aviv regime freezes its illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian lands.



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