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April 14, 2006
The Russian Betrayal Series (Collect Them All!)

Russia has once again undercut the alliance against Islamofascist terror. After meeting with Hamas while the West tried to isolate the terrorists, Russia has now announced that it will supply the funding that the US and EU cut off to pressure Hamas to recognize Israel and abide by existing agreements:

Russia has said it will grant the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority urgent financial aid, in opposition to the policy of the EU and the US.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the pledge to authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a telephone call, Moscow said.

The US and EU cut off aid after Hamas took power on 30 March because the militant group refused to renounce violence or recognise Israel. ...

A Russian foreign ministry statement said: "Mahmoud Abbas stated his high appreciation of Russia's intent, confirmed by Sergei Lavrov, to grant the Palestinian Authority an urgent financial aid in the nearest future."

So once again, our friends the Russians undercut our efforts to thwart terrorism, this time once again with the Palestinians. Just when the pressure had begun to have an effect, with Hamas making noises about recognizing Israel, Russia lets them off the hook. No Arab country had stepped up to fund Hamas' government, of course, which had proven how much value they place in their Palestinian "brothers". Never mind now; Moscow just let every last one of them off the hook.

I wonder how much help they'll be with Iran?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 14, 2006 8:57 PM

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