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Putin, Guterres discuss situation in Jerusalem, Gaza Strip

Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged on Thursday de-escalation in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Speaking at a videoconference in Moscow, Putin and Guterres called "the first priority" to stop the violent actions on both sides and ensure the safety of the civilian population.

They also stressed the necessity of the two-state solution for the Palestinian issue, "based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and generally recognized international legal norms".

In a separate statement, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia is making efforts to reduce escalation in the region, encouraging the sides to ease tensions through political and diplomatic means.

Commenting on the situation at a news conference, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia is in touch with all sides, and condemns attacks against the civilians.

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