JERUSALEM - The Russian embassy in Israel will host a reception for its national day in Jerusalem for the first time on Thursday, instead of Tel Aviv, a Russian official said.

It comes in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, after he recognised the disputed city as capital of Israel.

Before that decision the Russian government last year said it views “west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”.

The same statement also recognised “east Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state”.

Dmitry Alushkin, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv, said Thursday’s event is consistent with his country’s April 2017 remarks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to attend the reception at the Russian-owned Saint Sergius Mission, in western Jerusalem.

Palestinians claim the eastern part of Jerusalem, annexed by Israel, as the capital of their future state. The Jewish state considers the entire city its own, “indivisible” capital.