Kremlin Responds Trump Who Recognized Golan Heights as Israel’s
OREANDA-NEWS. The Kremlin commented on the President of USA Donald Trump's statement on the Golan Heights. Trump recognized the Golan Heights to be Israel’s, while Kremlin administration is not agree with this definition on the disputable territory’s issue.
The day before, the American leader said that time had come for the United States to recognize Israeli sovereignty over this territory, which is of "extraordinary strategic importance" for Tel Aviv.
The Kremlin negatively evaluated Donald Trump’s statement on the Golan Heights. “Of course, such appeals can significantly destabilize the already tensed situation in the Middle East. In any case, this idea in itself does not in any way contribute to the goals and objectives of a Middle East settlement, but rather the opposite,” said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president. Moscow hopes that this "will remain a mere appeal", spokesman added.
Trump’s initiative was criticized in Damascus, Brussels and Tehran. Opponents of this idea remind that Washington is clearly violating international law. According to the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, such a decision will provoke a conflict in Europe.
Russian media cited the reaction on US’ President statement in the Federation Council. According to Senator Igor Morozov, Russia will not agree with Trump’s opinion. "Russia will never accept such recognition," Morozov said.
Most of the Golan Heights is currently controlled by Israel, and the eastern part is controlled by Syria. Both Israel and Syria consider the Golan Heights to be part of their territory. From 1944 to 1967, the Golan Heights were part of Quneitra, Syrian province. During the Six Day War, Israeli troops occupied this territory. The conflict continued, and at the end of the Doomsday War (1973), the parties entered into an agreement on armistice. In 1974, UN peacekeeping posts appeared in the Golan Heights. The return of the Golan Heights occupied in 1967 Syria considers a non-negotiable condition for peace with Israel.