Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have both warned the US that the decision to name Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel will only escalate tension in the Middle East.
The warning was issued by both leaders during Putin’s whirlwind one-day regional tour which saw him stop over in Ankara where he joined his Turkish counterpart in criticising a US decision to name Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel.
After a meeting with Erdogan in the Turkish capital, Putin commented on the development saying Jerusalem’s status should be settled through direct talks between Palestinians and Israel.
“Both Russia and Turkey think the decision of the US to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not helping the situation in the Middle East,” he said during a press conference.
“It is destabilising the region and wiping out the prospect of peace,” added Putin.
On his part, Erdogan said he was “pleased” by Putin’s stand, and condemned Israel over the deaths of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories as protests against Trump’s plan continue for a sixth day there.
In a related development, Trump’s decision has also been condemned by Arab foreign ministers who have all demanded that the decision be rescinded with immediate effect.
The ministers described the move as a “grave” development that puts Washington on the same side as “occupation” and the violation of international law.
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