Russian President Vladimir Putin approved to Palestinians’ legitimate right to establish an independent state, announced Sunday.
Putin said in a letter for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People held every November 29 since 1977; he believed that Palestine’s acquisition of national sovereignty on the common international legal base is an important factor in ensuring comprehensive, just settlement in the Middle East.
“Russia has consistently advocated in favor of the earliest execution of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians for establishment of an independent, contiguous and viable state.” Putin wrote.
The United Nations General Assembly upgraded Palestine’s status at United Nations from ‘non-member observer entity’ to ‘non-member observer state’ despite a strong opposition from Israel and the United States.
This upgrade made by the UN General assembly last November 2012 allows the Palestinians to participate in debates enhancing their hopes to join UN agencies and file complaints against Israel at the International Criminal Court.