Lieberman: Russian elections were free and democratic

December 8, 2011 21:32

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a Thursday meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow that Russia's elections were free and democratic, Israel Radio reported. He based his assessment on determinations by Israeli observers participating in the election monitoring, he said.

Lieberman's position is opposed to the views of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the White House and former Russian leaders, which expressed concern over irregularities in the recent parliamentary election.

Lieberman went on to criticize Russian support for unilateral Palestinian moves seeking UN recognition, and expressed hope that Russia will consider Israel's positions on Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.

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