MOSCOW, April 15 (UPI) -- Russia said it will grant the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority urgent financial aid, in opposition to British and U.S. policy.
Britain and the United States cut off aid after Hamas took power on March 30 because the militant group refused to renounce violence or recognize the state of Israel, the BBC reported.
"Hamas should ... recognize Israel and sit down at the negotiating table," Lavrov said. "But for that, it's necessary to work with them."
In Tehran, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, opened a three-day forum on Palestinian solidarity by calling on the Muslim world to help the Palestinian people and their Hamas-led government.
The ayatollah said Muslims have a duty to help and should not remain indifferent to tyranny.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya said the suspension of Western aid to the Palestinians would never defeat the Hamas-led administration.