Russia says Netanyahu’s annexation plan would escalate region

Amman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex Jordan Valley would escalate tensions in the Middle East, Russian Foreign Ministry warned on Thursday.

The move could “lead to a sharp escalation of tension in the region and undermine hopes for the establishment of a long-awaited peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement came after Netanyahu pledged that if he wins general elections slated for Sept. 17, he would annex parts of occupied lands in the West Bank.

Source: Jordan News Agency