Russian President Vladimir Putin weighed in on the Trump administration’s decisions to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a formal acknowledgement of the conflicted territory as belonging to the state of Israel, with harsh criticism, according to Fox News.
Putin said the move “doesn’t help the Mideast settlement and, just the other way round, destabilizes the already difficult situation in the region.”
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The Russian leader added that it may “finish prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.”
He added that Moscow believes that the status of Jerusalem should be settled through talks between the Palestinians and Israel in line with United Nations resolutions.
Prior to his comments, Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two reportedly discussed conflicts in Syria and the Middle East.
Erdogan was one of the first world leaders to speak out in opposition to Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Just a few days ago, he and French President Emmanuel Macron announced a joint effort to encourage the U.S. to reverse the Israel decision (via Reuters).