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Putin to Visit Israel, Palestine within Days

Tue 21 Jan 2020 | 04:34 PM
Ahmed Moamar

Dmitri Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian presidency, said that President Vladimir Putin will visit Israel and Palestine within the few days to come.

He added that the will visit the middle areas of the country on Wednesday.

Then the Russian leader will go on an international tour to visit the Middle East.

Riyad al-Maliki, Foreign Minister of Palestine, has announced that the Palestinian Authority (PA) waits for the Russian president to come to the Palestinian territories.

Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas will discuss issues of the Middle East with Russian guests.

On the other hand, Putin will take part in the fifth International Forum about the Holocaust to be held in Occupied Jerusalem on January 23.

Putin and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met on Sunday on the sidelines of a conference on Libyan peace.

The statement issued by 10 Downing Street the next day after Putin-Johnson talks indicated that the UK maintains its stance on the Salisbury incident.

The statement ruled out any normalization of Russian-British ties as long as Moscow keeps on pursuing its "destabilizing activities".

The meeting between Putin and Johnson in Berlin was brief, constructive and had "elements of a reconciliatory spirit", presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

On 4 March 2018, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a bench near a shopping center in the UK's Salisbury. London has claimed they were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent called A234 and accused Moscow of staging the attack, which provoked a huge international scandal.

London has also said that it suspects Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who the government claims work for Russian intelligence, of carrying out the attack.

Moscow has categorically dismissed the accusations, pointing to the absence of any evidence and London’s rejection of its requests to cooperate in investigation and grant access to the poisoned Russian citizens.