Putin and Trump talk over the phone

Putin and Trump talk over the phone

Putin and Trump talk over the phone

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Israel-Palestine peace effort.

Putin told Abbas before the meeting that he had spoken with Trump about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Putin also commented that stability in the region is "far from what we want to see".

United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump has reiterated that the issue of Jerusalem is off the negotiating table after his decision to declare the city as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv. The White House had been expected to unveil a new peace proposal in the spring but the timetable has been in doubt ever since Palestinian leaders said they would play no part in a US-mediated process following Washington's recognition of Jerusalem.

Nofal said that "Abbas announced that for Palestinians, the USA is not welcome to play the role of broker because of its bias towards Israel". Since then he has cut US funding to a United Nations agency that assists Palestinian refugees and threatened to withhold aid money to the Palestinians unless they resume negotiations with Israel. "As for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agreed to", Trump said.

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In an interview with Reuters last month, Trump accused Russian Federation of helping North Korea evade sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council, saying that "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea".

Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi is to go on trial before an Israeli military court for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers in December in a case that has drawn wide criticism of Israel for prosecuting the teenager.

Israel has offered the Palestinians numerous statehood plans, but the Palestinian Authority walked away from all previous peace talks.

The senior PA official claimed that what Trump said in the interview demonstrated "how biased the opinion of Trump and is people is in favor of Israel". The Trump White House has been less publicly critical of Israel's settlement building than previous administrations.

Palestinians see the US Jerusalem decision, which broke with years of worldwide diplomacy, as a denial of their claim to East Jerusalem as the capital of an eventual Palestinian state.

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