January 05, 2011 MOSCOW (KATAKAMI / AP) – The Kremlin says President Dmitry Medvedev is going ahead with a visit to the Palestinian territories, even though his trip to Israel has been canceled.
The cancellation was due to problems in Israel – a strike at the Foreign Ministry, which made it difficult to organize the Russian president’s visit. Even so, the Israeli government is likely to be angered by Medvedev’s plans to visit the Palestinian territories and Jordan.
The Kremlin statement, released late Tuesday, said Israeli President Shimon Peres had apologized to Medvedev for the inability to prepare for his visit in mid-January.
During their telephone conversation, the two presidents agreed to meet during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, at the end of the month. (*)