update deskIsrael News

Russia to establish consulate branch in Jerusalem

The decision solves a dispute over a plot of land in Jerusalem that was purchased by Russia in 1885.

Ma'alot Parking will be the site of the new Russian consulate branch. Source: Google Street View.
Ma'alot Parking will be the site of the new Russian consulate branch. Source: Google Street View.

Russia plans to establish a consular office in Israel’s capital that will act as a branch office of its Tel Aviv embassy, according to an official statement released on Friday.

The move will solve a long-running dispute over a plot of land in Jerusalem purchased by Russia in 1885, located today on the corner of King George and Ma’alot streets.

According to a compromise agreement reached on May 18, the Jerusalem Municipality will release its hold on the plot and all its claims on Russia for unpaid taxes and levies, according to Israel Hayom.

The city will also cancel its plan to expropriate part of the land for the Jerusalem light rail, and allow the Russians to register under their ownership a 100-meter long strip for a road to the future diplomatic complex.

In exchange, Israel will gain another diplomatic mission in Jerusalem.

“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,” the Russian Embassy said in a statement.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen welcomed the agreement, and thanked Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon and the teams at the ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality for making the agreement possible.

The site of the planned consular office is currently being used as a parking lot, and will continue to be used in that capacity until construction commences.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war.

JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you.

The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support?

Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates