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Russian, Palestinian leaders discuss Israel-Palestinian peace process

Russia has voiced willingness to mediate between Israel and Palestine in its capacity as a member of the Middle East Quartet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on January 23, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke by phone Tuesday to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Kremlin said in a press release.

On the call, Putin told Abbas that Russia is willing to act as a mediator between Israel and the PA in its role as a member of the Middle East Quartet. The Quartet refers to the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. The group has acted as an intermediary on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the past.

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