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    Russia will abide by the UN Security Council resolutions on the Golan Heights, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow's stance on the Golan Heights status is unchanged and is based on international law and the UN Security Council resolutions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    In April, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a government meeting in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. He stressed that the decision to hold the meeting there had been taken to show that Israel does not intend to give up the territory, adding that the international community should recognize it as part of Israel.

    "Our stance has not changed anyhow. In this case we adhere to international law and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Russia's position has not changed," Peskov said, answering a request to comment on the statements of the Israeli leadership on the region's territorial belonging.

    The Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory, was seized by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1981, the Israeli parliament voted to annex two-thirds of the region.

    Syria insists that Israel should fully withdraw to the pre-1967 border, however, Israel is unwilling to accept such terms as it would give Syria access to the Sea of Galilee, which is Israel's main source of fresh water.

    The United Nations has repeatedly stated that Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights is illegal, calling for it to be returned to Syria.

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