Russian church urges peace between Hamas, Israel

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church called on Hamas to reach peaceful dialogue with Israel, Russian news agencies reported Sunday. Interfax and RIA-Novosti quoted Patriarch Alexy II as telling Hamas' political chief Khaled Mashaal and other members of the delegation that there was no other alternative. "Peaceful dialogue must be continued regardless of individual politicians - a whole nation must not suffer through the fault of individual politicians," he was quoted as saying by Interfax. Sunday was the final day of a three-day trip by the Hamas delegation to Moscow. They came at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.