MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Koren told Sputnik that Israel would welcome potential decision of the administration of US President-elect Donald Trump to relocate the country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, adding that Moscow had also grounds for such a move.
"Probably he has joked in such a manner," Bogdanov told reporters, commenting Koren's statement.
He added that US plans to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem would create a "significant challenge for security in the region."
A number of nations do not recognize the city's annexation and insist its status must be determined in the course of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. In turn, Palestine seeks to establish East Jerusalem as its own independent state's capital as more members of the international community begin to recognize the Palestinian state.