Syria potential thorny issue as Putin meets Abbas
Syria could prove to be a difficult subject during today’s meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Vladimir Putin.
The Russian Premier is due to visit Bethlehem during his tour of Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan, reportedly so that he can pray at the Church of the Nativity.
He will also meet with President Abbas to discuss strengthening Russian ties to the Palestinians.
With Russia a key member of the Middle East Quartet, it is expected that Putin will discuss the possibility of the resumption of Peace Process talks.
However, an official from the Palestinian Authority who wished to remain anonymous, said that at present, the topic of Russian support for Syria is not officially on the schedule for discussion.
Putin’s visit is seen as an opportunity to improve Russia’s image in a region where many have criticized his country's public support of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in Syria.