MOSCOW (RUSSIA): Putin and Abbas discussed tensions in Jerusalem in a phone call Monday, the state-owned Russian news agency RIA reported.
Due to the war in Ukraine driving up global food prices, Putin assured Abbas that Moscow will provide Palestinians with “Russian wheat, materials, and crops.”
According to the Palestinian official news agency Wafa, Putin “emphasized Russia’s firm support for Palestinian rights and that Russia will continue to support the Palestinian cause in all international forums, as well as what’s going on in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Wafa said that the Russian leader also rejected “the Israeli practices that prevent worshipers from freely accessing the Al-Aqsa mosque,” adding that Israel must “respect the existing historical status quo” at the holy site.
The Palestinian Authority hopes that Russia will play an increasingly central role in mediating between it and Israel, as Moscow has long been a champion of the Palestinian cause.
According to Wafa, Abbas updated Putin on the “daily incursions by extremist Israelis under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces” into Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Several riot control measures were used by Israeli forces to disperse the crowd.