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Russian President Putin visits Palestine

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged Putin to help unblock long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians during their meeting

Russian President Putin visits Palestine
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin address an audience at the Russian Cultural Center in the Biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on June 26, 2012. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged Putin to help unblock long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians during their meeting. (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Putin visits Palestine
Russian President Vladimir Putin waves for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas as he sits in his car outside the Russian Cultural Center in the Biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on June 26, 2012. Abbas urged Putin to help unblock long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians during their meeting. (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Putin visits Palestine
A Palestinian policeman stands guard near the Church of the Nativity during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on June 26, 2012. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged Putin to help unblock long-stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians during their meeting. (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Putin visits Palestine
Russia's President Vladimir Putin poses for a photograph with two Palestinian children dressed in traditional garb during a welcoming ceremony in the West Bank Biblical town of Bethlehem, on June 26, 2012, during a rare trip aimed at boosting Russia's regional role. (AFP/Getty Images)