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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Pleads for Peace

MOSCOW -- Russia on Wednesday urged Israel not to expand Jewish settlements on the West Bank, saying plans to do so could seriously damage prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.

"Actions toward violation of the status-quo in the occupied Palestinian territories are unacceptable in light of the peace process,'' the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Israel's new prime minister, Ehud Barak, hopes to slow settlement activity for the benefit of the peace process with the Palestinians, who want to establish a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.