Report: Israel agreed to discuss equating Russian compound to Vatican properties

Israel has agreed to discuss with Moscow equating the status of a Russian-owned compound in Jerusalem to that of properties held by the Vatican, Channel 13’s diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid reports.

The move to upgrade the status of the compound is one of the gestures Jerusalem is providing for the release of Israeli Naama Issachar, jailed in Russia for cannabis possession.

A general view shows the Sergei Compound in Jerusalem, which became a symbol of imperial Russia’s presence in the Holy Land, after it re-opened on July 18, 2017, after six years of renovation work. (AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON)

The official tells Ravid: “We gave relatively minor benefits that solved the crisis with Naama and improved the atmosphere with the Russians.”

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