Change in Golan Heights status constitutes violation of UN resolutions: Russia's FM
Russia rebukes Zionist regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for asking the international community to recognize the regime’s claim to “sovereignty” over the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Heights, warning that any such move would constitute a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
According to Press TV, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday “The status of the Golan Heights is determined by the resolutions of the UN Security Council. Changing this status bypassing the Security Council, from my perspective, would be a direct violation of these resolutions.”
The Russian top diplomat was referring to UN resolution 497 in 1981, which stated that the “Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.”
Zionist regime seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically-important territory ever since, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.
Lavrov’s comments came two days after Netanyahu said the international community should recognize as “Israeli territory” the Golan Heights, which has been under the regime’s occupation for over five decades.
During a visit to the occupied territory on Monday, the Zionist regime’s premier said he would discuss Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming that the Russian leader “understands the importance I attach to the Golan Heights.”
He claimed that if Israel withdraws from the occupied Golan, the regime would find itself with Iran and the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah on the “shores of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee)” in the northern part of Occupied Territories.
Zionist regime is deeply angered by Iran’s military advisory assistance to Syrian armed forces in their operations against the terrorist groups, which have the backing of Tel Aviv and its allies.
Moscow says Iran’s anti-terror role in Syria – like its own – is legitimate as it comes at the request of the legitimate government in Damascus.
Hezbollah forces have also been assisting the Syrian government on the ground to clear areas bordering Lebanon from terrorist groups.
Zionist regime has been on high alert in recent days as Syrian government forces have made significant gains against foreign-backed terrorists near the Golan Heights.