Jerusalem, 12 January 2002

PM Sharon to Russian President Putin: PA taking no counter-terrorist measures
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke on Saturday evening, January 12, 2002, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and updated him on the situation on the ground, mainly regarding the dangerous developments in the link between the Palestinian Authority and Iran, and the direct involvement of the latter in both smuggling weapons to the former and in terrorism.

Prime Minister Sharon said that the PA is trying to equip itself with large quantities of weapons in violation of the agreements and stated that Israel is making every effort to foil the smuggling of weapons. The Prime Minister added that the PA is neither making arrests nor conducting investigations and is not taking any counter-terrorist measures.

President Putin asked Prime Minister Sharon to continue updating him on dangerous developments in the region.

Prime Minister Sharon invited President Putin to visit Israel.