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Netanyahu's plan on Jordan Valley may entail escalation - Russian Foreign Ministry

Last update: 12/09/2019
MOSCOW, Sept 12 -- The implementation of the plan voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley may escalate tensions in the region and undermine hopes for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, Sputnik news agency reported, quoiting a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu announced that the Israeli government would extend Israel's sovereignty to the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu planned to take the first steps immediately after the formation of a new cabinet after the elections to the 22nd Knesset, to be held September 17.

"Moscow noted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement, which provoked a sharp negative reaction in the Arab world, about the intention to extend the sovereignty of Israel to the Jordan Valley.

We share the concern about such plans of the Israeli leadership, whose implementation could lead to a sharp escalation of tension in the region and undermine hopes for a long-awaited peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours," the ministry said.


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