Vladimir Putin demands Israel give Russia control of historic Jerusalem church
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter to the Israeli government requesting that it transfer control of a historic church in Jerusalem to Russian custody.
The Church of St. Alexander Nevsky was the subject of a letter recently sent by Putin to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Haaretz reported Wednesday.
The church property, also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, is located in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City and was once controlled by Tsarist Russia.
Israel is said to be “handling the matter,” according to unnamed sources referenced by Haaretz. However, the sources did not provide further elaboration.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier this week told the media that the church transfer is a major priority in the current diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel.