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Russia's prime minister has expressed support for an independent Palestinian state during a Moscow meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"Russia has always supported an independent Palestine and will continue to support (it)," Dmitry Medvedev told journalists.
Abbas called for Russia to take a more active role in finding a solution to problems in the Middle East.
Earlier in the day, Abbas met Russian President Vladimir Putin who stressed the need for economic cooperation between the two countries.
Putin added that he supported Palestinian peace talks with Israel.
Israeli President Benjamin Netenyahu is scheduled to meet United States Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of Davos in Switzerland on Friday, with both Palestinians and Israel under pressure to commit to a blueprint for peace.
Abbas is the president of the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank, while the Gaza Strip has been governed by its great political rival Hamas since 2006 elections.
Israel PM says he is 'ready for peace'
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was recorded saying “I'm ready for peace. I’m ready for a real, secure genuine peace," at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.
"However, advancement of peace must be built on two foundations of mutual recognition and strong security arrangements," he added.
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet United States Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of Davos on Friday, with both Palestinians and Israel under pressure to commit to a blueprint for peace.Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2014, 15:23