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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Israel's economic and security steps could not be an alternative to a political track.
During a phone conversation, Abbas and Putin exchanged congratulations on the occasion of Christmas and New Year holidays, wishing peace and stability would prevail in the region and the world, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA quoted an official statement as saying.
The two leaders discussed the latest developments related to the Palestinian cause, it said.
"Amid the absence of a political track, the Israeli rejection of the two-state solution, continuing to stifle the Palestinian economy, and cutting tax revenue dues, decisive Palestinian decisions will be taken in this regard," Abbas told Putin.
Abbas stressed the need for a political track based on international resolutions and holding a meeting of the International Quartet, which comprises Russia, the U.S., European Union and the United Nations at the ministerial level.
He also underscored the importance of stopping the unilateral Israeli measures, mainly building settlements, confiscating Palestinian land, demolishing homes, and deporting Palestinians from East Jerusalem.
Abbas warned that the continuation of such Israeli measures would lead to unexpected tensions in the region.
The phone talk between Putin and Abbas came after the latter met with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday night near Tel Aviv, during which they discussed security and civil issues.