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Moscow - Russia to Hamas: Rocket Fire Against Israel Must Stop

Published on: April 1, 2010 01:24 PM
By:  Haaretz
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Hamas political chief Meshal and Russian FM Lavrov. (Archive)Hamas political chief Meshal and Russian FM Lavrov. (Archive)

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged Hamas political chief Khaled Meshal this week to stop militants in the Gaza Strip from firing rockets against Israel.

The foreign minister made his request on Wednesday in a telephone meeting, which according to Russian news agencies covered a variety of issues regarding the Middle East.

Lavrov told Meshal that the recent increase in rocket fire was unacceptable. Meshal responded to the call by reiterating Hamas’ declared stance that it was not interested in an escalation of tensions with Israel and would continue to try to maintain calm in the area.

Lavrov briefed Meshal during their conversation about last week’s meeting of the Quartet Middle East peace-brokers in Geneva, which comprises Russia, the EU, the United Nations and the United States.

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The Russian foreign minister also stressed to Meshal the importance with which he viewed a reconciliation between Hamas and its rival Palestinian faction, Fatah


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 Apr 01, 2010 at 01:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Smart move from the Russains. Could also be a massage to Obama that they don't mind having Israel on their side

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 01:48 PM Anonymous Says:

All of a sudden after the bombing in moscow they finnaly could ask hamas to stop the rockets, but don't worry russia will still vote to condem israel in un for any defensive measures they might take against hamas

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 02:08 PM murray Says:

WoW! Time to switch alliances--Obama would Never make a demand of any Arab to stop attacking Jews.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 02:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Haha. Suddenly Russia gets a taste of terrorsim and now decides it doesn't like it!

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 02:30 PM Thinking aloud Says:

Mr. Obama did'nt aks anyone to stop the shelling? but the Russians did?
Something ain't be right? or is it?

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 04:29 PM whoa Says:

Strange world we live in. Russia defending Israel and the US mum about terrorism.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 04:51 PM jimmycarter Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Haha. Suddenly Russia gets a taste of terrorsim and now decides it doesn't like it!

Russia has been dealing with muslim extremists (terrorists) for decades from when they invaded Afghanistan to chechnian terrorists the recent attacks in moscow is by far not russia s first tastes of the horrors of terrorism they have always dealt quick and harsh responses to terrorist organizations that attacked russia . if. You are asking why Russia continues to back states that sponsor or harbor terrorists, it is done to protect russia political power and show that she can still be a player on the world stage. russia used to back the arab nations simply because the u.s backed israel and it was intended to destabilize the u.s mission in the mideast today russia backs iran for similar reasons but what seems to be much more of a political insecurity .it is interesting to see a possible shift in political allies with israel from the u.s to russia

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 05:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Maybe time to consider supporting Russia. Maybe move there.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 09:03 PM FVNMS Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Maybe time to consider supporting Russia. Maybe move there.

I'll help you pack.

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 09:46 PM Anonymous Says:

during one of the previous israeli wars they also went to russia for help because the then us president denied to help them and send them weapons. it's time for israel to switch to russia - they need an ally in the mudeast

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 Apr 01, 2010 at 10:48 PM kim yung Fung Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Maybe time to consider supporting Russia. Maybe move there.

If you really wanna move to a free country and still make $$ your only hope is China, as long you agree with the gov. They will let you make $$ the US is lately hell

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 Apr 02, 2010 at 11:59 AM Allan Says:

Nice of the Russian Foreign Mister to make this request....But ....just what country was the manufacturer of these rockets Mr. Lavrov?

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 Apr 02, 2010 at 05:41 PM Smokey Specs Says:

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Allan Says:

Nice of the Russian Foreign Mister to make this request....But ....just what country was the manufacturer of these rockets Mr. Lavrov?

Qassam rockets are made in Gaza.

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