UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Moscow disapproves of the transfer of the US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying it is unacceptable to revert to international agreements and that the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires direct bilateral dialogue, said on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Russia has spoken out against the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, calling it a revision of international agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said .
“With regard to the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, we have more than once made known our negative attitude towards this decision. President Vladimir Putin has said it too. We are sure that it is unacceptable to unilaterally revise the agreements that have been established in the decisions of the international community, “he said at a press conference following his negotiations. with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Choukri in Moscow.
And to add:
“These decisions stipulate that all the problems of the final Palestinian-Israeli settlement – and the status of Jerusalem is one of them – can only be resolved through direct dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. You know that Russia has more than once offered its services and its territory to help launch such a dialogue. Moreover, our proposal remains in force.”
According to him, Moscow reiterates “this position during all its contacts with the Israeli leadership”.
The opening ceremony of the US Embassy was held in Jerusalem on Monday in the presence of John Sullivan, number two US diplomat, and Steven Mnuchin, secretary of the Treasury. Donald Trump, who had himself announced the transfer of US diplomatic representation in Jerusalem last December, is not present.
The transfer of the embassy takes place as part of the US President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Few other countries have followed this US decision, considering the status of Jerusalem as one of the key issues of the conflict in the Middle East.
The Israelis occupied the eastern part of the city during the Six-Day War. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to become the capital of their state.