Russian president invites Hamas to Moscow

Issued on: 10/02/2006 Type: Article

The motives behind Hamas’s quick acceptance of the invitation were completely pragmatic. The main one was the opportunity being given to break out of international isolation and reduce the pressure exerted on them to change their radical terrorist strategies. However, it should be noted that ideologically Hamas is completely hostile to the Russian régime in that it identifies with the Chechen separatists, regarding them as part of the global jihad, and supports them in their terrorist activities. Their position is in accordance with the spirit of the Hamas charter (1988) and the ideology of Dr. ‘Abdallah ‘Azzam, Osama bin Laden’s spiritual mentor.

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