Russia warns of tension build-up in ME after US embassy move

TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) – Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russia is concerned about increase of tensions in the Middle East after planned US embassy move to al-Quds.

“The planned relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds may increase tension in the Middle East,” Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"Yes, we have such fears. We have already talked about this before", Peskov said, responding to a question if Russia has fears that the planned US embassy move may increase tension in the region.

The US intends to officially relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds on Monday to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment in 1948 -- an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or the “The Catastrophe”.

Last December, Trump drew widespread condemnations and protests from across the Arab and Muslim world when he announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.

Jerusalem al-Quds remains at the heart of the decades-long Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as capital of an independent Palestinian state.

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