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Putin tells Israel handy over custody of historic Jerusalem church

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), his Moldovan counterpart Igor Dodon (2nd L) and Patriarch John X Yazigi (R), Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All of the East, attend an occasion devoted to the tenth anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch Kirill (C), head of the Russian Orthodox Church, on the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia January 31, 2019.Reuters

(CP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has despatched a letter to the Israeli authorities requesting that it switch management of a historic church in Jerusalem to Russian custody.

The Church of St. Alexander Nevsky was the topic of a letter just lately despatched by Putin to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Haaretz reported Wednesday.

The church property, also referred to as the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, is positioned within the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis and was as soon as managed by Tsarist Russia.

Israel is alleged to be “dealing with the matter,” based on unnamed sources referenced by Haaretz. Nevertheless, the sources didn’t present additional elaboration.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier this week instructed the media that the church switch is a significant precedence within the present diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel.

“The subject of Alexander’s Courtyard has lengthy been on the prime of the agenda of Russian-Israeli relations,” said Peskov, as reported by The Times of Israel. “We count on the Israeli management to help us in an effort to full the method as is critical.”

Handing the church to Russia can be thought-about a controversial transfer in gentle of different nations enacting sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

Former Russian Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, who chairs the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, just lately mentioned that Russia is “preventing for a return of the compound, and it is extremely tough,” according to The Jerusalem Post. He believes Israel was “taking part in each side, taking part in ping pong” on the dispute.

Named after a well-known Medieval Russian prince, the Nevsky church is positioned close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a holy website believed to be the place Jesus’ tomb was positioned.

The Nevsky church property was initially bought by Tsar Alexander II in 1859 and remained below Russian management till the 1917 Russian Revolution, based on The Occasions of Israel.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed to return the property to Russia in 2020 in return for the Jap European nation releasing an Israeli citizen being held on drug prices.

The Orthodox Palestine Society of the Holy Land, which had owned the property, filed go well with, with the Jerusalem District Courtroom annulling the 2020 determination in a ruling final month.

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