Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stated that his country in ongoing with its talks with the Hamas movement and described the talks are vital. Lavrov added that Moscow would push for a Quartet meeting to be held as soon as possible in order to hold talks on the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

He stated that the Road Map peace plan is very essential and is considered the base of any future peace talks.

His statements came during a press conference in Moscow as he was presenting the main political events of 2009, and to set the priorities of this year’s Russian foreign policy.

It is worth mentioning that the Russia is a member of the Quartet Committee (Russia, The United States, The United Nations and the European Union).

The Quartet refuses to hold talks with Hamas, labeled by the United States, Israel and their allies as a terrorist group.

But several European officials repeatedly held talks with Hamas leaders in Palestine and in exile.