(JNS.org) Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a rare phone conversation on Wednesday, during which they discussed “common relations” and the ongoing final-status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, The Associated Press reported.
In what was the first high-level conversation between Russia and Hamas in months, the leaders also discussed the Israel-Egyptian naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Lavrov in a statement called for the “quick lifting” of the blockade, which the United Nations has deemed to be legal.
A terror group with the stated mission of destroying Israel, Hamas has governed Gaza since 2007.
“The Lavrov-Haniyeh conversation exemplifies a Russian foreign policy that has no moral premise, tactical consistency, strategic guideline, or policy goal,” Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes told JNS.org. “Rather, it is a hodge-podge of interests, whims, and obstructions. It is untrustworthy and unserious.”