And maintain their hard line. What a stunning surprise! From the TimesOnline, with thanks to JE:
Russia’s diplomatic overtures towards Hamas rhetoric fell at the first hurdle today when the militant group’s leader dismissed calls from the Kremlin to soften his stance against Israel.
“The issue of recognition [of Israel] is a decided issue,” said Khaled Mashal, the militant organisation’s supreme leader, as he arrived in Moscow for the first of three days of talks. “We don’t intend to recognise Israel.”