Russia To Open Embassy Branch In Jerusalem

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Israel and Russia have announced plans for opening a branch of Russia’s embassy in Jerusalem after the resolution of a 130-year land dispute.  According to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the property will provide lodging for diplomats and will include an events hall, which raises the Russian presence beyond the status of a consulate but will not be a full embassy.  The United States, Guatemala, Honduras and Kosovo are the only nations that have full embassies in Jerusalem. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “We believe that this step fully serves the interests of further strengthening friendly multifaceted relations between Russia and Israel, as well as goes in line with our country’s unchanging course towards a fair Middle East settlement.”  Jerusalem’s deputy mayor said, “We are constantly in talks with many different countries about the recognition of Jerusalem as our capital and opening a presence in our city.”