Thursday, February 09, 2006

Putin will invite Hamas to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he would invite Hamas leaders to Moscow, opening a crack in a wall of U.S.-led opposition to dealing with the Palestinian election winner until it recognized Israel.

"Maintaining our contacts with Hamas, we are ready in the near future to invite the Hamas authorities to Moscow to hold talks," Putin told a news conference in the Spanish capital Madrid where he was on a visit.

Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, won a crushing victory over the long-dominant Fatah group in an election on January 25. Haniyeh said Hamas leaders meeting in Cairo agreed to seek a unity government with other factions.

Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Putin said: "We haven't considered Hamas a terrorist organization. Today we must recognize that Hamas has reached power in Palestine as a result of legitimate elections and we must respect the choice of the Palestinian people."

Source : Here


Blogger saba said...

ooo Russia coming back interesting

February 09, 2006 6:12 pm  
Blogger said...

We may disagree with their opinions but we cannot tell them how to run their politics.
Raymond B

February 10, 2006 3:08 am  
Blogger Truth Seeker said...

I suppose that this news tells us a lot about those who really support democracy, and those who don't.

Unfortunately, democracy often leads to unpallatble results for leaders of our so called "civilised societies", but if they really do respect democracy, as they claim, then they should respect the views of those who have taken part in any elections.

February 10, 2006 12:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hamas seems like a good partner for arms sales

February 10, 2006 4:56 pm  
Blogger jin said...

Oh, this is interesting. As long as their terorists are not our terorists it is OK to talk.

I wonder if Putin will now talk with Chechen 'freedom fighters' or 'terorists' or whatever you want to call them.

February 11, 2006 1:59 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

But what is a 'terrorist' jin ?

Both the United States and Russia comit acts that can be clearly called terrorism and they still talk to each other.

Were the french resistance in world war 2 'terrorists' ?

How about the American fight for Independance was that 'terrorism' ?

The problem with the word 'Terrorism' is that everybody applies their own definition to it and very few people use the dictionary definition.

February 11, 2006 2:39 am  
Blogger None333333 said...

I get so tired of politically correct rhetoric. Hamas is hell-bent on the destruction of Israel. They are genocidal maniacs. Putin won't call them terrorists so he can sell them some guns.

To those who are rooting for Hamas and boo hooing the USA:

A Danish paper publishes cartoons poking fun at Mohammed and the next thing you know, enraged fanatics burn down the Danish embassy. That's a taste of life under fundamentalist Islam. If you're not a fanatical male Muslim, you can basically kiss your civil rights goodbye.

February 11, 2006 9:19 am  
Blogger DJEB said...

Funny thing, bunny, is that Hamas couldn't get much support in the past: getting 15% Palestinian support in 1995, 12% in 1997, 20% in 2001, 20% in 2002 and 23% in 2003 according to the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre polls [See Pape, Robert A., Dying to Win: the Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, Random House, New York. p.49] However, before the election Hamas "dropped its call for the destruction of Israel from its manifesto..." It seems very likely that, given the poor record of support for Hamas among Palestinians, this was what won Hamas the election.

And as for the Danish newspaper, well, its hypocrisy is now a matter of public record. This, obviously, does not excuse the reaction to the cartoons, but this reaction did not occur in a political vacuum. Surely you have not missed all the events of the past 4 and a half years (or perhaps I should say 53 years).

February 11, 2006 3:28 pm  
Blogger jin said...

But what is a 'terrorist' jin ?

I am aware of the definition problem, that's why I wrote that you can call them whatever you like :)

Anyway, your dictionary is probably different as my dictionary (since it is a different language; Slovenian, that is) so I could claim something and you something else :)

That is not important. What I was triing to say was, that Putin describes Chechens as terorists and would never talk to them, but then goes and talks to Hamas, which in esence uses the same brutality as some of the Chechen rebels and has an islamic fundamentalist base. How does he diferentiate between the two? One fight me, others don't. It is the same with western positiona as regarding the Chechen conflict. Many governments are very 'involved' in this 'war on teror', but nevertheles are willing to talk with Chechens. I think one guy, wanted for terorism charges by Russia, lived freely in UK some time ago and he wasn't arested and sent to Russia.

There is much hypochrisy in this 'war on teror.'

February 12, 2006 9:13 pm  
Blogger Victor said...

Russia has to deal with muslims countries more then the most West

February 24, 2006 1:45 am  

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