|Russia to press for lifting of Hamas boycott|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Monday, 26 February 2007 17:00|
|After meeting Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced that Russia intends to work towards the lifting of the international boycott against the terrorist government. Lavrov praised the Mecca agreement as one of "wisdom, reason and responsibility". Russia was of course one of the first nations to give recognition to the Palestinian Authority government after Hamas was elected over one year ago. Russia has also previously agreed to aid Hamas despite an international boycott against the terrorist organization, put in place by the Quartet (EU, US, UN, Russia). |
Quote: "Russia favours the agreement between Hamas and the Fatah group to share power because it shows "wisdom, reason and responsibility before the Palestinian people," Sergey Lavrov said before a meeting with Hamas's political leader Khaled Mashaal. "We are pushing for all members of the international community to support this process and make it irreversible, including efforts to lift the blockade," Lavrov added.
Israel has strongly condemned Russia's decision to meet Khaled Mashaal, when the rest of the international community has criticized the Mecca agreement for failing to meet the three principles of the Quartet, that Hamas recognize Israel's right to exist, renounce violence and abide by previous agreements made by the PLO.
Quote: "But in Jerusalem, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said that it was a mistake to give an "unreformed Hamas" such acceptance when it had not agreed to the international community's three benchmarks. "It will not serve the purposes of peace. On the contrary, it strengthens the extremist tendencies within the organization," Regev told Cybercast News Service.
Russia's desire to dominate the Middle East will of course bring it against the mountains of Israel in the not too distant future. Russia is already concerned about talk of a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, and with rumours that Iran has not yet paid Russia for the construction of the Bushehr plant, you can bet they are getting worried. I doubt the US or Israel will want to reimburse Russia for the destruction of their plant, considering the trouble its caused them. Perhaps this will be one of the reasons Russia and her Islamic allies will march on Israel to "take spoil".
Quote: ""What attacks are they talking about, without sanctions from the UN Security Council?" Putin asked during the meeting at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. "No-one is talking about such sanctions," Lavrov responded.