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Russia to grant $10 million in aid to Palestinian refugees

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shake hands before their meeting at the Presidential Residence in Sochi, Russia, on 10 May, 2017 [Palestinian Presidency Handout/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shake hands before their meeting at the Presidential Residence in Sochi, Russia, on 10 May, 2017 [Palestinian Presidency Handout/Anadolu Agency]

Russia will grant $10 million in financial aid for Palestinian refugees, a Russian official said on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

Konstantin Kosachev, who heads Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee, promised both financial and political support for Palestine in future at a meeting with Pierre Krahenbuhl, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Moscow.

Kosachev also said the “unilateral decisions” of US hinders finding a solution for Israeli-Palestinian conflict, referring to US President Donald Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem last year. He was also criticizing the US refusal to provide financial aid to UNRWA.

UNRWA was established by the UN General Assembly in 1949 with the aim of providing aid and protection to Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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