Netanyahu to Lavrov: Pressure Hamas

PM asks Russian FM to help secure Gilad Schalit's release.

June 29, 2010 18:09
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

lavrov 311. (photo credit: AP)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Tuesday afternoon, and asked him to "put heavy pressure on Hamas."

Netanyahu asked Lavrov to use Russia's ties with the terror organization to help free captive soldier Gilad Schalit.

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Lavrov had met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman earlier Tuesday, who criticized the Russian FM for his country's continued ties to Hamas.

Lavrov plans to continue to Ramallah and Cairo on his trip to the Middle East.

The latest appeal from Netanyahu comes on the third day of the continuing "Freedom March" in solidarity with Schalit. The soldier's mother, Aviva Schalit, said that the Israeli government had failed a number of times in negotiating her son's release.

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