Putin pays homage to Arafat

Friday, April 29, 2005 | 
Putin laid a wreath at the tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during his visit to Ramallah. He bowed his head, and stood silently at attention. The homage to Arafat is a sore point in Israel, which considers him an arch terrorist and enemy of peace. Privately, Israeli officials said Putin's gesture was a contradiction of his statements in Jerusalem Thursday, when he said that Israel and Russia should work together to fight terrorism.

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