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Russia says spat with Jewish Agency ‘should not be politicized’

View of the Jewish Agency headquarters in Jerusalem, November 29, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
View of the Jewish Agency headquarters in Jerusalem, November 29, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Kremlin says that a move to close the local offices of the agency that processes Jewish immigration to Israel should not be “politicized,” calling it a purely legal matter.

In a surprise move, a Moscow court said last week that its justice ministry had requested the “dissolution” of the Jewish Agency because of unspecified legal violations.

“The situation should not be politicized or projected onto the entirety of Russian-Israeli relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters. “There are issues from the point of view of complying with Russian law,” he adds. “This situation should be treated very carefully.”

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