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Russian intelligence indicates that kidnapped IDF reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser are in good physical condition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday.
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The foreign minister made his comments during a visit by an Israeli delegation, led by MKs Ya'acov Margi (Shas) and Yisrael Hasson (Israel Beiteinu), to Strasburg. Goldwasser's wife, Karnit, was also part of the delegation.
The group was joined by Aryeh Avidor, Israel's ambassador to the European Council and Boaz Rodkin, Ministry of Foreign Affair's European section deputy.
According to Lavrov, Russia was making great efforts to gather intelligence on Goldwasser and Regev from Syria and Iran, and would pass any information obtained on to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Over the last two days the delegation has met with the president of the European Council, several parliamentarians, faction heads and other council officials.
During the meeting with the Russian foreign minister, Karnit Goldwasser asked Lavrov to take action in the release of the two soldiers.
Lavrov reiterated that Russia was involved in the UN's efforts to bring about the release of Regev and Goldwasser, as well as kidnapped soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit. He could not, however, elaborate on specific contacts Russia was making.
Karnit Goldwasser mentioned rumors she heard that the soldiers had been wounded and asked Lavrov to promise he would verify they had received proper medical care.
Lavrov promised to continue to help, and said he would brief Olmert on the topic during his upcoming visit to Moscow.