Moscow, July 14: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was in Moscow today to meet Vladimir Putin, just days after the Russian leader hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Also Read - Vladimir Putin Decides to Receive Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Sputnik V

“I’m glad of the opportunity to tell you about the contact we have had with your neighbours, and leaders of various countries,” Putin told him as they met at the Kremlin, in quotes carried by Russian agencies. Also Read - From 'Great Disasters & Cataclysms' to Cancer Cure: Here are Blind Mystic Baba Vanga’s Predictions For 2021

“I know that the situation in the region is difficult and we are grateful that you have used the World Cup as a reason to come to Moscow,” Putin said, adding that he was glad of the opportunity to discuss the problems facing the Palestinians. Also Read - Russian Version of TikTok? Company Run by Putin's Alleged Daughter Set to Launch 'Ya Molodets'

Abbas told the Russian leader of his concerns over US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem, as well as Israeli settlement activity.

“We are resisting attempts by the Americans to impose their decisions on the most sensitive problems of Palestine,” Russian news agencies quoted him as saying in translated remarks.

Netanyahu was in Moscow on Wednesday where the situation in Syria and Palestinian relations were on the agenda of his meeting with Putin.

Israel’s military renewed airstrikes targeting Hamas in the Gaza Strip today afternoon a day after fierce clashes along the border in which two Palestinians were killed, one of them a teenager.

More than 220 others were injured according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run Strip.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.