16 February 2006 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry said today a high-level delegation from the Palestinian group Hamas is expected to visit Moscow for talks with Russian officials in early March.
The ministry said in a statement that an agreement in principle about the arrival had been reached with Hamas.
Hamas won a majority in recent Palestinian legislative elections and is now expected to form a new government.
Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel and has been designated a terrorist group by Washington.
Russia is expected to try to persuade the group to moderate its position.
The talks in Moscow had been expected by the end of this month.