Thursday, November 19, 2015

Russia: Hamas, Hezbollah are 'legitimate societal-political forces'

Via Moscow Times:

Russia does not consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told a press conference Sunday, the Interfax news agency reported.

"We maintain contacts and relations with [Hezbollah] because we do not consider them a terrorist organization. They have never committed any terrorist attacks on Russian territory," Bogdanov was cited as saying.

Bogdanov said Hezbollah and Hamas — the main Palestinian armed resistance group — had both been democratically elected and were “legitimate societal-political forces.”

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The  Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) says in response that "Dividing terrorists into 'ours' and 'theirs' is a road obviously leading to erroneous decisions in the cause of fighting terror. This is not the road that will allow us to defeat terror at the international level".

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