Hamas confirms February trip to Russia

Hamas confirmed on Saturday they plan to travel to Moscow later this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin, a trip that has enraged Israeli leaders who fear the international community's resolve to shun the Islamic group is weakening. Hamas said it does not expect Russia to impose any conditions on the group, despite US calls for Moscow to send a clear message that Hamas halt attacks on Israel and recognize its right to exist. "We are going to present our positions ... about the political developments and issues related to the rights of our people," said Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza. "Russia will listen to Hamas and Hamas will listen to Russia."