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  Tamuz 16, 5767 , 31/07/07

Russia Moving From Hamas to Fatah

Russia downgraded its ties Hamas to cancel any high-level contacts with the Islamist terror group in the near future, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov said Tuesday.

"Recently, we have somewhat downgraded the level of contacts with Hamas. Now we are pursuing a pragmatic goal of trying to influence them directly and indirectly to resume national unity," he told reporters.

The statement came after a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and PA President and Fatah Chief Mahmoud Abbas.
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