Sergei Mironov, the speaker of the Federation Council, said that he decided not to meet with Arafat on Tuesday because “terrorist actions in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Israel have common roots, primarily financial,” the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.
Mironov announced his decision after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon late Monday. He said that the Israeli side viewed his decision as a show of support in the war against terror.
“Israeli colleagues see it as a reflection of joint understanding that terrorism must be fought,” Mironov said Tuesday on Russian RTR state television. “There is no such thing as good terrorism.”