Palestinian media reports upcoming state visit by Russian President to restart peace talks.
Israeli government’s spokesperson on Thursday said Jerusalem had no knowledge that Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to visit Israel during his tour to the Middle East next month.
The report saying the strongman leader will visit Jerusalem to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Ramallah for a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appeared on Thursday in al-Quds, a Jerusalem-based Palestinian broadsheet.
Putin visit, the report claimed, was aimed to kickstart the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, currently in deep crisis, following the failure of the latest US-backed push last year.
In a statement showing Putin’s New Year’s messages to heads of state across the world, the Russian leader addressed US President Barack Obama, saying the “Russian-American partnership could have been developing successfully” in spite of the crisis in US-Russian relations over Ukraine.
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