Abbas tells Putin he wants US peace role diluted

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Abbas tells Putin he wants US peace role diluted

The "situation is far from what we want to see", Putin said, adding that he has "always supported the Palestinian people".

They also discussed North Korea's bid to develop nuclear weapons, with the White House explaining President Trump had "reiterated the importance" of ensuring the Stalinist dictatorship is denuclearized.

Putin revealed during the meeting that he "had just spoken by telephone with U.S. President Donald Trump", Reuters reported.

In addition to recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, United States administration has also cut funding to UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees and threatened to withhold money to Palestinians unless they resume negotiations with Israel. Putin was the one who called Trump at that time to reportedly thank the United States leader for a Central Intelligence Agency tip that was said to have helped thwart bombings in St Petersburg. He has however noted that neither side appears to be "looking to make peace" since he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In response to Trump's remarks that the Palestinians "are not interested" in the peace process, a senior Palestinian official said Monday the Palestinians are the most benefiting side out of a serious peace process in the Middle East.

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". And I think it was a very important point. Trump cast doubt on the possibility that the US can help broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, saying that it is likely peace negotiations won't be held. In fact, just last month, the United States withheld $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump tweeted Palestinians give "no appreciation or respect" to Washington.

Trump officially in December, announcing an imminent embassy move from Tel Aviv. for days following the announcement, although Trump says he views the decision as one of the highlights of his first year in office. According to this line, Israel would have to withdraw from the West Bank and East Jerusalem and either pull out the Jewish settlements or do a land-swap with the Palestinians as part of a final agreement.

Trump also gave rare criticism of settlement construction in the West Bank, departing from the views of others in his administration who have said that the settlements do not constitute an obstacle to peace. Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967, but no meaningful talks on statehood through a partition deal have been held for nearly a decade.

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