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Putin, Erdogan express concern over US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

December 07, 21:16 UTC+3

The move can derail prospects for the Middle East peace process, according to the Kremlin

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© Alexey Druzhinin/Presidential press service/TASS

MOSCOW, December 7./TASS/. In a telephone conversation on Thursday, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed serious concern in connection with the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Kremlin press service reports.

"Both sides expressed serious concern in connection with the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its announcing plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. These moves can derail prospects for the Middle East peace process," the report said.

In a conversation initiated by the Turkish side, Erdogan informed Putin about convocation on December 13 of an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the situation around Jerusalem.

The two leaders stressed inadmissibility of escalation of tensions in the region. They said efforts of the international community must be aimed at contributing to restart of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations with an aim to seek a compromise solution for all problems, including the status of Jerusalem.

"Russia and Turkey confirmed commitment to achieving a just and viable settlement of the Middle East crisis first of all on the basis of corresponding resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly and enforcement of the rights of the Palestinian people to creating their own state," the press service said.

The two presidents also looked into topical aspects of bilateral cooperation. Special attention was paid to strategic projects in the energy sector. The presidents agreed to continue contacts.

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