(Israel Twitter)Bethlehem – Ma'an – Chief of Hamas' politburo Khalid Mash'al's Moscow visit has sparked controversy in Israel, with complaints being raised to Russian officials, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.
According to Kol Israel radio, officials have called on Russia to stall meetings between the Hamas delegation, headed by Mash'al, and Russian leaders.
Other Israeli media outlets speculated that Mash'al was tipped to meet with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. However meetings have only been held between Mash'al and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Russian Ambassador to Israel Peter Stegny said that Russia has maintained contact with Hamas following its electoral victory in the Palestinen general elections in 2006.
Mash'al arrived in Moscow on Monday with a delegation for talks on Palestinian reconciliation and the peace process with RUSSIAN officials.