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Russia weighs in on Trump’s Golan Heights decision

The US decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights makes Moscow consider its own balance sheet on the issue.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as he is applauded by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others during a ceremony to in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RC13B9E76220

MOSCOW — President Donald Trump’s statement on the need for the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights has sent shock waves all the way to Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the decision “may destabilize the already strained situation in the Middle East.”

Peskov added that the shift presented by Trump "by no means works for the tasks and goals" of the Mideast peace process. "It’s the other way round," he added.

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