Russia on Friday strongly condemned Israel’s plans to build new settlements in the occupied West Bank.

At a news conference in Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Israel’s plans for new settlements “clearly” violate international law.

“The plans [for new settlements in the occupied West Bank] … clearly contradict the international legal basis for the Israeli-Palestinian settlement. Their implementation will make impossible the territorial continuity of this zone, which is an essential condition for the viability of a future Palestinian state,” she said.

Zakharova called the construction work on occupied Palestinian territory “one of the main obstacles”

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