Lavrov announced progress in the transfer of Russian farmstead in Israel


According to Lavrov, Russia will resolve the transfer of the Alexander Compound “in the foreseeable future” and will not wait until “Dynamo wins the Russian Cup”

The roof of the Alexander farmstead in the Old City of Jerusalem

Progress on the transfer of the Alexander Compound to Russia is evident, the Israeli authorities are showing understanding “of the need to restore this justice,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a meeting dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society.

“I I am sure that in the foreseeable future we will complete this process and will not wait until Dynamo win the Russian Cup. Let's do it shortly after Spartak won the cup, — joked the minister.

“Spartacus” won the Russian Cup on May 29. Lavrov— long time fan of this football club. The minister said that he had been rooting for him since school, and thoughts about Spartak help him calm down during difficult negotiations.

Alexander Compound— a complex of historical buildings in Jerusalem near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It was erected by the Russian Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society at the end of the 19th century. The plot of land under the farmstead was bought by Emperor Alexander III in 1859. Disputes over the ownership of the farmstead began after the revolution of 1917.

The issue of transferring the Alexander Compound to Russia has been discussed since 2015. Dmitry Medvedev, then prime minister, instructed to begin registration of Russia's rights to the courtyard and the church of Alexander Nevsky. The documents were under consideration by the Israeli Ministry of Justice, the transfer of rights was launched at the end of December 2019, the Jerusalem Post and the Maariv newspaper reported. However, the Orthodox Palestinian Society of the Holy Land objected and went to court. The Russian Embassy in Israel said that they would defend their rights.

The Jerusalem District Court considered this claim and in March of this year refused to transfer the Alexander Compound to Russia. He decided that the legal owner of the architectural complex— The Orthodox Palestinian Society of the Holy Land and therefore Israel does not have the right to transfer the object to a third party.

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Now the decision on who will own the Alexander Compound must be made by the Israeli authorities. In mid-April, the discussion of the issue was suspended amid the events in Ukraine, said Sergei Stepashin, chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society. According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on this issue.

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Sergey Lavrov

diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia

March 21, 1950

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