Moscow slams Pompeo’s visit to Israeli settlements in occupied Golan as neglect of Int’l Law

Moscow, SANA-  Russia on Friday renewed its strong criticism of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to the Israeli settlements in the occupied Syrian Golan, stressing that it is an evidence on Washington’s blatant disdain of the principles of  the international law.

“Pompeo’s visit is another manifestation of the United States’ blatantly disdainful attitude to the globally recognized international legal principles of the Mideastern settlement,” Sputnik quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying.

She clarified that the US administration’s attempts to legitimize Israeli settlements “are illegal ” in this way as it is inconsistent with the United Nations charter and UN Security Council resolutions.

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Syria on Wednesday, strongly criticized Pompeo’s visit to the Israeli settlements in the occupied Syrian Golan.

He considered it as “a provocation”, and called for preserving the unity of Syria and respecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Zakharova reiterated Russia’s principled position regarding the illegality of establishing Israeli settlements on the lands that have been seized in 1967.

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