The head of the Islamic Resistance Movement's political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, has held a meeting with Russian diplomat Sergey Vershinin in Damascus. The Hamas chief met the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Middle East and North Africa Department on 28 February.
A press release issued by Hamas said that the Russian envoy delivered a message that "reflects Russia's interest in the developments currently taking place in the region, and stresses its trust in the people of the region and their ability to determine their fate via peaceful means… The message also expressed Russia's vision on the impact of such developments on a number of the main issues in the region, especially the Palestine Issue."
Mr. Vershinin expressed Russia's keenness to clarify its vision to Hamas and listen to the movement's position on regional developments and their implications for the Middle East and Palestine.
In response, Mr. Meshaal spoke of the Palestinians' determination to restore their national rights. He said that the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations have "failed" and that they "have no future"; he also called for a comprehensive review of the internal Palestinian situation in the light of the current predicaments faced by Palestinians.
"The region has entered a new phase requiring a change in policies, especially regarding Palestinian reconciliation, as well as managing the struggle with the Zionist enemy," Meshaal added.