Dmitry Medvedev said Israel must stop expanding settlements in the Palestinian territories, after his meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
The meeting was held in the residence of the governor of the city of Jericho on Tuesday. This is Medvedev’s first visit to the Palestinian territories during his term in office. Vladimir Putin was the last Russian leader to visit, when he was president in 2005.
Even though this visit is not likely to lead to any diplomatic breakthrough or multibillion dollar contracts, it was referred to as historic by Palestinian officials because it allowed Russia to make a political statement.
Read more and watch here: Unilateral actions in Middle East peace process unacceptable – Medvedev — RT.
Also, from Xinhua:
AMMAN, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) — Russia will exert all possible efforts to ensure sustainable security in the Middle East and will continue to support the Middle East peace process, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said Wednesday.