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The US decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights runs counter to the international law  and could lead to renewed tensions in the Middle East, noted Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, RIA Novosti reported.

"This could lead to renewed tensions. Such things, they are outside the law for they ignore all international efforts. Unfortunately, they can only aggravate the situation," she said.

On March 25, President Donald Trump officially recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel, which was announced at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Golan Heights is a disputable territory in the Middle East the biggest part of which is controlled by Israel, while the eastern part by Syria. Just as Israel, Syria considers the Golan Heights a part of its territory. From 1944 to 1967 the Golan Heights were a part of the Syrian province of Quneitra. Two thirds of the territory was seized by Israel during the Six-Day war in June 1976.

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