A high-level Hamas delegation arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for talks with Russian officials, according to a statement issued by the Gaza-based resistance group.
"The delegation includes deputy Hamas chief Dr Mousa Abu Marzouk and other leading group members," the statement read.
"Delegation members are expected to meet several Russian officials during the visit, which is aimed at strengthening our ties with Moscow," it added.
According to the same statement, discussions will cover recent developments in the Palestinian political arena and a "sought-for" Russian role in the peace process.
Russia maintains formal relations with Hamas, which the US and EU have designated a "terrorist group".