Russia recognises independent Palestinian state

Medvedev on Tuesday said Russia had recognised an independent Palestinian state in 1988 and was not changing that position.

Russia recognises independent Palestinian state

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday Moscow had recognised an independent Palestinian state in 1988 and was not changing that position adopted by the former Soviet Union in his first visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank as Russian head of state.

The remark comes after in the past two months a string of recognitions by Latin American states including Brazil and Argentina as Palestinians demand full United Nations membership.

At a news conference with Medvedev in Jericho, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said: "We remember that Russia was one of the first states in the world to recognise the state of Palestine in 1988."

Medvedev responded, saying: "Russia made its choice a long time ago ...we supported and will support the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to an independent state with its capital in East Jerusalem."

The Soviet Union recognised a Palestinian state in 1988, after it was declared by the late Yasser Arafat.

Agencies

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