Russia calls on Israel to halt construction in east Jerusalem

Russia on Tuesday joined the US in saying that a building project in east Jerusalem violated the Road Map, and called on Israel to immediately halt construction. "The settlement should be stopped immediately in line with the roadmap," AFP quoted Russian foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko as saying. On Sunday, responding to the reports that Washington had asked Israel not to build 20 housing units in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem, near Mount Scopus and the National Police headquarters, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that Israel would not bar Jews from buying apartments in east Jerusalem.