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Putin to meet Palestinian leader Abbas

The Russian President will hold talks with the PNA head next week to discuss the situation arising out of aid cut.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 21:30 IST

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Palestinian National Authority (PNA) head Mahmoud Abbas next week to discuss the situation arising out of aid cut by western powers to the Hamas-led government.

They will meet on Monday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, a Kremlin release said.

Putin has invited Abbas for talks to discuss the situation following the formation of Hamas-led government leading to the cut-off of western financial assistance.

Moscow, which maintains close contacts with Hamas, considered terror outfit by the US and the European Union has declared its desire for close interaction with Abbas and move towards recognition of Israel.

First Published: May 12, 2006 21:30 IST