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President Vladimir Putin sent a message to Ariel Sharon to congratulate him on his election as Israeli Prime Minister

February 8, 2001

The message read, in part:

“I wish success to the Israeli Government you will head and hope that it will continue its efforts aimed at achieving peace in the Middle East. As a co-sponsor of the peace process sincerely interested in peace and stability in the Middle East, Russia is ready to maintain permanent contacts with Israel in the interests of a comprehensive peaceful settlement.”

February 8, 2001