OREANDA-NEWS. Moscow is surprised by Israel’s heightened reaction to the questions raised in an interview with the newspaper Jerusalem Post by Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov, since his statements on the Middle East are in line with Russia’s position. This was stated in the commentary of the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

On December 23, the Israeli Foreign Ministry informed that the Russian Ambassador was summoned after an interview with Jerusalem Post, during which he said that it was not Iran, but the unresolved Israeli–Palestinian conflict that destabilizes the situation in the region.

“We are surprised by the aggravated reaction to the issues raised in the interview of our ambassador to Israel. The position stated in it has been repeatedly communicated by us to our Israeli colleagues at various levels. All the statements of the Russian ambassador reproduced in the publication correspond to the well-known position of Russia on the Middle East,” Zakharova said, commenting on the incident.