Lavrov and Borrell called for direct dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis
The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and the EU high representative for foreign and security policy of Josep Borrell during a telephone conversation called for direct dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis.
"Discussed the situation in the middle East settlement, rather the impasse in which efforts to achieve this settlement are now, and stressed the importance of increased consolidated efforts of the international community with the aim to try to resume as soon as possible direct talks between the Palestinians and Israelis under the auspices of the UN to resolve all final status issues and reach a comprehensive peace agreement," - said Lavrov at press conference following talks with Borrell.
The US President Donald trump on 28 January presented a plan of peaceful settlement known as "the deal of the century". The plan of the White house to recognize Jerusalem as the unified and indivisible capital of Israel, makes Israel the opportunity to Annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank of the Jordan river and to extend its sovereignty over the Jordan valley, and also offers the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state without control over its borders and airspace. As the future capital of Palestine, the plan provides the village of Abu Dis in the Eastern suburbs of Jerusalem.
The Palestinians and several countries, including the EU, this plan is not adopted, as it, in their view, deprives Palestinians of the right to those areas that are stipulated by the UN resolutions. The head of the Palestinian national authority, Mahmoud Abbas, the new plan is also rejected, saying that the Palestinians insist on recognition of their state in the 1967 borders with its capital in Jerusalem.
May 19, Abbas said that Palestine decided to terminate all agreements with Israel and the United States on the background of the intentions of the Israeli government to join Palestinian land.
In late may, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the date of annexation of the territories of the West Bank of the Jordan river under the "deal of the century". According to Netanyahu, the application of Israeli sovereignty in the Jewish settlements of the West Bank of the Jordan river will occur July 1, and intentions to change this date no. Later, the Minister of water resources and higher education ze'ev Elkin said in an interview with the local press that the date of annexation may be moved for several days or weeks.
Israeli authorities have begun to take concrete steps towards annexation. Interchangeable Prime Minister benny Gantz has instructed the chief of staff to accelerate the preparation of the army in connection with the spread of Israeli sovereignty on parts of the West Bank of the Jordan river.
The EU stated that the annexation is against international law and could provoke tension in the region.