Russia wants Palestinian sanctions lifted

Russian deputy FM says Western nations' aid embargo against Palestinian government should end.

Russia wants Palestinian sanctions lifted
Russian deputy FM says Western nations' aid embargo against Palestinian government should end.

A Russian diplomat said Friday that Western nations' aid embargo against the Palestinian government should end because the reasons for it "are no longer operable," a news agency reported.

"Russia is for the lifting of the heavy weight on the Palestinians as soon as possible," deputy foreign minister Alexandre Saltanov told reporters, according to Interfax. "The reasons used to take those economic measures against the Palestinians are no longer operable."

Russia's security council secretary, Igor Ivanov, will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories on Monday to discuss the peace process there, Interfax reported.

Russia is part of the so-called Mideast Quartet that froze direct aid to the Palestinian Authority after militant party Hamas swept to power following elections last year. Hamas is regarded as a terrorist organisation by the West.

Quartet members include the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States. They have consistently said any new Palestinian government must recognise Israel, renounce violence and respect past agreements.

Palestinians formed a new government last month, uniting Hamas with president Mahmud Abbas's secular Fatah party. Abbas has argued that the new government meets demands for recognition.

Many Western nations have eased their boycott by agreeing to meet non-Hamas ministers, but have so far refused to resume direct aid to the Palestinian Authority.
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