Russia warns Israel that the announcement of annexation of the Jordan Valley will increase tension in the region

MOSCOW, Sep 12 (Reuters / EP) –

The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that the plan of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to annex the Jordan Valley to its territory will increase tension in the Middle East, a message that has launched hours before the meeting this Thursday between the head of Israeli government and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Netanyahu, who is in full campaign to be re-elected in the September 17 elections, announced Tuesday that he intends to “apply Israel's sovereignty” in the Jordan Valley and the adjacent part of the Dead Sea, West Bank territories captured by Israel in the 1967 war and that the Palestinians want it to be part of their future state.

Russia warns Israel that the announcement of annexation of the Jordan Valley will increase tension in the region
Russia warns Israel that the announcement of annexation of the Jordan Valley will increase tension in the region

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement published late Wednesday that the Arab world is having a “very negative reaction” to the announcement of Netanyahu.

“We share the concern about the plans of the Israeli leader, whose application could greatly increase regional tensions, undermine the hope that an desired peace will be reached between Israel and its Arab neighbors,” says the department that Sergei Lavrov directs. Netanyahu and Putin will meet this Thursday in the Russian city of Sochi, on the southern Black Sea coast.

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