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Russia, Palestine seek to upgrade relationship

While commemorating over four decades of relations, Russia seeks to strengthen cultural ties with Palestine.

Russia and Palestine are celebrating the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in an interview with Russian journalists on the eve of the anniversary, said Russia is "one of the main friends of the Palestinians."

"We were completely satisfied with how our relations were developing — first with the Soviet Union and then with the Russian Federation. They have always been smooth and have never — either in the Soviet era or now — undergone any changes," he said.

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