The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to visit the Palestinian areas during his planned visit to Israel at the end of April.

“Putin will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories”, Lavov said at a joint press conference with Javier Solana,  the European Union’s foreign policy chief.   

Yet, no details were announced on agenda of the visit to the P.A areas.

Putin expected in Israel April 27-28, will be the first Russian president visiting Israel, Putin visited Israel in 1996 and 1997 before he was elected as the Russian president.

During his visit, Putin will meet the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas visited Russia in February in his first major foreign tour since he was elected as the Palestinian president.

Moscow is one of the four Middle East road map sponsors, which is sought after creating a Palestinian State by 2005, the road map plan made no progress since it was launched.

The Israeli PM made three visits to Russian; most recent in November 2003.

Recently the Israeli-Russian relations were tensed after Moscow decided to sell missiles to Syria; Israel and the USA said that this deal “could end up in hand of the Lebanon based Hezbollah part y, which is backed by Syria”.