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Russian president nixes Israel visit over strike

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/russian_president_nixes_israel_visit_over_strike_20110103

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev canceled a planned visit to Israel due to a strike by Foreign Ministry employees. The striking workers had threatened to embarrass the Russian leader during his visit, which was scheduled for the middle of January. The workers gave interviews in Israel's Russian-language media, closely monitored by the Russian government, saying that they would not assist in preparations for the visit, Haaretz reported. The visit, scheduled several months ago, was to include a delegation of 500 people, including businesspeople, lawmakers and senior officials, according to Ynet. The Foreign Ministry workers are protesting low wages.

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