Russia hosted the top leader of Hamas. Khaled Meshaal landed in Moscow on Monday for talks that he said would help end a Western aid embargo imposed on the Palestinian Authority since the terrorist group Hamas took power last year. Russia is a member of the diplomatic Quartet overseeing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, but has broken with its partners in engaging Hamas diplomatically and speaking out against the embargo. The other Quartet partners the United States, United Nations and European Union have stood firm in their demand that Hamas recognize Israel, accept past peace agreements with the Jewish state and renounce terrorism before direct aid can be restored.
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