Russia Demands Release of Hostages in Talks With Hamas

Members of the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad release Israeli hostages to the Red Cross, in Rafah, Nov. 28. (Flash90)

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov demanded the release of hostages held in Gaza in telephone calls on Sunday and Monday with Hamas and other Palestinian factions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The statement followed a series of meetings and calls between President Vladimir Putin and Middle East leaders including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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