Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Yuri Kochetkov, Pool)
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sought on Thursday to secure a billion-dollar Gaza energy deal during talks with Russian leaders aimed at restoring warmer ties between the two Soviet-era allies.Abbas and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were due to sign an intergovernmental agreement that reports said included a $1.0-billion (730-million-euro) natural gas project in the Gaza section of the Mediterranean Sea.Abbas began his Moscow visit by holding talks with Putin at which he called Russia a "great power" that deserved to play a more prominent role the volatile Middle East region.
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