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Netanyahu to Putin: Stop selling missiles to Iran

Posted by Kris Roman on June 29, 2009

European Friends of Iran

Relations between Israel and Russia have grown tense over a significant change in Moscow’s attitude regarding the possible sale of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and asked him to prevent the arms deal from going through.

Ahead of a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev next week, Israel has began an international effort to pressure Russia not to complete the sale of the advanced air defense system.

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Russia calls on Israel to lift blockade

Posted by Kris Roman on December 5, 2008


Russia called on Israel to end its blockade of Gaza and allow aid to reach the isolated strip. A senior Russian diplomat made the statement Thursday during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

On Monday, Israel’s navy turned back a Libyan vessel carrying humanitarian aid bound for Gaza.

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Russia Gives Israel No Firm Word on Arms Sales

Posted by Kris Roman on October 8, 2008


New York Times

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel apparently failed to win a firm pledge on Tuesday that Moscow would halt advanced weapons sales to Israel’s enemies.

Wrapping up a two-day visit here, Mr. Olmert said only that he had succeeded in getting President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia to understand his fears that Russian-made missiles and other technology could fall into the hands of anti-Israeli guerrillas in the Middle East.

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First Russian humanitarian aid arrives in Gaza

Posted by Kris Roman on September 23, 2008


Russian trucks carrying humanitarian aid have arrived in the Gaza Strip, Russia’s envoy to the Palestinian National Authority, Sergei Kozlov, said on Tuesday.

The medicines, food, and tents will be transferred to the UN mission in Gaza. Part of the aid cargo was donated by Jordanian charity organizations.

“This is the Russian aid to the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian people,” Kozlov said. “This part of it has already reached Gaza and will be transferred to its residents.”

Israel and Egypt sealed Gaza’s borders last summer after the radical Islamic group Hamas seized power in the enclave. The blockade has led to a deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

“We would like to reiterate that aid will continue in the future,” Kozlov said.

This is the first Russian aid to reach the Gaza Strip. Last year, Russian humanitarian aid was delivered to the West Bank, controlled by the pro-presidential group Fatah.

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Abbas angers Washington but pleases Moscow

Posted by Kris Roman on June 8, 2008

RIA Novosti political commentator Maria Appakova

Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas urged Hamas to resume the dialogue on national reconciliation.

He made this appeal when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and U.S. President George W. Bush met in Washington, D.C. Bush still hopes for peace in the Middle East before the end of his presidential term, but Abbas’s words may bury this hope once and for all.

At the same time, the talks are bound to be welcomed by Moscow, who has always favored resuming inter-Palestinian dialogue.

Almost a year ago Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip, and relations between the movement and the Abbas-led Fatah were finally severed. There was no love lost between them, especially when Hamas won the parliamentary elections and formed its government in 2006. The two movements failed to come to terms with each other, and the situation on the PNA-controlled territory was close to collapse, particularly because of the international boycott of the Hamas government.

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Blockade of Gaza unacceptable: Russian FM

Posted by Kris Roman on March 21, 2008

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has ended a tour of the Middle East by calling on the international community to support the peace process. He met with the President of Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, after visiting Israel and Syria.

Lavrov said the blockade of Gaza is unacceptable and Russia will continue to provide aid to the Palestinian people. The Foreign Minister discussed Russia’s military and humanitarian aid with Mahmoud Abbas. On behalf of Vladimir Putin, Lavrov invited Abbas to visit Moscow. The Palestinian leader said he would be glad to visit Moscow and he’ll do so soon. Lavrov also confirmed that Russia is considering the possibility of holding a follow-up meeting to the Annapolis Middle East peace conference held in the U.S. last November. “Russia is committed to the peace process and will take all the necessary steps to provide economic and humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. Russia will also continue efforts to mobilize the international community to show its support for the agreements reached in Annapolis,” Lavrov said. Middle East tour The talks come after Lavrov’s visits to Israel and Syria. In Damascus, he met with his counterpart Walid Moallem and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He also met Hamas representatives to discuss the Middle East peace process. While in Tel Aviv, Lavrov held talks with the Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and signed an agreement with his counterpart, which lifts travel restrictions between Russia and Israel. Kosovo issue The Foreign Minister has also warned that the supply of U.S. weapons to Kosovo could further destabilise the Balkans. Speaking in Israel, Lavrov said the only legitimate delivery of arms to Kosovo were those made to the international contingent working under a UN mandate. “The only legitimate basis for regulating the situation in Kosovo is Security Council resolution 1244. It does not allow Kosovo to have its own army or for anybody to supply military equipment to Kosovo except for supplies to the international contingent working under a UN mandate. Any other supplies are illegitimate,” Lavrov said. He added that he wouldn’t like to think that supplies there are aimed at forcing Serbs and other minorities to remain within the illegally proclaimed state.

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