Vladimir Putin says Comey's firing will not impact US-Russia relations

"Your question looks very amusing for me; don't be angry with me", Putin said through an interpreter. "You see, I'm going to play hockey.and invite you to do the same".

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Thursday.

Mr Lavrov said suggestions that Russians were interfering in U.S. politics were "humiliating" for the American people.

The two ministers discussed defence cooperation between Russian Federation and Palestine as well as regional security issues, the ministry said in a statement.

A Kremlin spokesman said that Moscow regrets America's "emotional obsession" with Russian Federation but will be patient because they believe "the obsession will end soon".

Putin did weigh in on President Donald Trump's decision to fire Comey. The Russian president said that during his talks with Abbas, the focus had been on the Middle East settlement.

The two-state solution envisages an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel. "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has but one solution - a political, negotiated solution based on global law".

Earlier on Thursday, the two leaders inaugurated a Russian-financed economic and cultural center in Bethlehem via video conference.

"The meeting took place in a historic moment after Abbas' visit to Washington". "We have been hearing you reiterate this position".

Putin created the night hockey league in May 2012 to boost the revenue of ice hockey stadiums which would otherwise be empty. Russian Federation had nothing to do with Comey's removal from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, being Russian Federation considered as the main threat to U.S. national security.

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