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Abbas Arrives In Moscow For Talks With Putin

Abbas in Moscow in 2005 (RFE/RL) July 29, 2007 -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas has arrived in Moscow for a three-day visit aimed at encouraging Russia to take a greater role in the Middle East peace effort.

An official with the Palestinian Embassy in Moscow told the ITAR-TASS news agency that Abbas "places much importance" on his trip to Russia.

Abbas is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit.