Moscow Rejects Israeli Attempts to Change Status of Golan Heights

Moscow Rejects Israeli Attempts to Change Status of Golan Heights

Thursday, 11 October, 2018 - 11:00
Israeli army tanks are seen along the Golan Heights border with Syria. (photo credit: REUTERS)
Moscow - Raed Jabr
Moscow responded firmly on the Israeli demand that the international community recognizes the inclusion of Syrian Golan.

Commenting on Israel's intention to declare sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the legal status of the area has been defined by the UN Security Council resolutions.

"To change the status means to violate directly the Security Council resolutions," he said.

He called on the Israelis to abide by the UN resolutions regarding the proposed files, especially the status in Golan Heights and the war on terrorism in Syria.

Further, Lavrov said Turkey played the main role in the creation of the demilitarized zone in Idlib, adding: "The process is progressing quite well."

"Turkish media reported that the pullout of heavy weapons took place, we are now verifying this information through our experts," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing, adding that to date, "Over 1,000 militants have left the demilitarized zone, and about 100 pieces of equipment have been withdrawn."

Moreover, Russian and Syrian officials have discussed on the sidelines of the Russian Energy Week forum the prospects of restoring the energy sector in Syria, including the modernization of four thermal power stations and the reconstruction of the country's gas transportation system, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said.

"We talked with the Syrian Minister of Energy about the cooperation in the energy sector. We agreed to move faster in the implementation of these projects. Our Syrian partners are now solving the issue of financing these projects," Novak told reporters.

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