Abbas: Palestinians Hope to Restart Peace Talks With Israel This Year

Palestinian leader, on visit to Russia, says he does not have high hopes that the peace process will indeed resume this year; Abbas' trip may reflect the Palestinians' low expectations of U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming Israel visit, though they hold out hope for progress on prisoners and economics.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he hoped peace talks with Israel would restart this year, although qualified that the chances seemed slim.