Russian FM Sergei Lavrov told Kuna, the Kuwait state news agency yesterday, that the Quartet is making "unrealistic" demands on the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority. "Demanding Hamas fulfil all the demands of the international Quartet, including the recognition of Israel, renouncing violence and accepting all the standing agreements is unrealistic," Lavrov said.
He "expressed his regret" for the attempts made by certain members of the Quartet to affect negatively the political process in the Palestinian territories through posing exaggerated demands. However, he said he was confident Hamas can gradually move towards fulfilling the demands of the Quartet.
Soon after his comments were made public, WAFA Palestine News Agency reported the welcomed response of Fatah spokesman Ahmed Abdul Rahman. He told WAFA that this Russian stance must be interpreted in the upcoming meeting of the Quartet by lifting the suspension of the international imposed on the Palestinian people.