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Russia Says U.S. Backing for Israeli Settlements Blow to Peace Process
20.11.2019, Israel and the World
Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Tuesday that a U.S. decision to effectively back Israel's right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank undermined the legal basis for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday abandoned Washington's four-decade-old position that such settlements were "inconsistent with international law."
Russia's Foreign Ministry condemned the change of policy in a statement on Tuesday, warning the move would escalate tensions in the region.
Moscow's stance is that such settlements on Palestinian territory are illegal under international law, it said.