11 May 2018 14:36

Palestinian-Israeli stalemate worsening, especially since U.S. decided to move embassy to Jerusalem - Lavrov

MOSCOW. May 11 (Interfax) - The United States' decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem has contributed to a stalemate in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov.

"We are deeply concerned about the situation in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process; this is a stalemate. This stalemate has been worsening, especially in light of the U.S.' well-known decisions on Jerusalem," Lavrov said.

"All countries are expressing profound concern about the inflammable potential accumulated in the region, which could detonate any minute and which has already caused casualties," he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in December 2017 that Washington had decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.