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Russia criticizes ‘shortsighted’ US embassy move to Jerusalem

A top Russian diplomat has criticized US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, saying it will further fuel tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

The US embassy is due to officially relocate to Jerusalem on Monday, after Trump recognized it as the capital of Israel in December.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on Monday describes the relocation of the embassy as “shortsighted.”

Bogdanov says in an interview with the Interfax news agency that the decision “runs against the stance of most of the international community.”

He blames the US for “a sharp escalation around Gaza” and says the relocation of the US embassy “could spark large-scale confrontations between Palestinians and the Israelis and cause a rising number of casualties.”

AP

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