Erdogan, Putin say US Al-Quds decision negatively impact region

Erdogan, Putin say US Al-Quds decision negatively impact region

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Saturday Washington of further instability if the USA embassy is moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Erdogan, who concluded a two-day visit to Greece on Friday - the first for Turkish president in 65 years - made a telephone call to Putin on Thursday evening, focusing on US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Putin is expected to raise the issue with his Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during his scheduled visit to Cairo on Monday.

The Turkish president told his Russian counterpart that the global community and the United Nations have rejected Israel's decision in 1980 to annex Jerusalem and stressed that the recent USA decision on Jerusalem negatively affected the peace and stability of the region.

The latest encounter between the two leaders comes at a time of intense diplomacy between Turkey and Russian Federation, especially over Syria.

"Moscow views the decisions announced in Washington with serious concern", the ministry said in a statement.

But Putin and Erdogan say they have patched things up, and the upcoming meeting will be their third in as many months.

But Russia and Turkey have been working together since a 2016 reconciliation deal ended a crisis caused by the shooting down of a Russian warplane over Syria.

Russian Federation has sold arms to Egypt and is helping the North African country's first nuclear plant.

Putin has had warm relations with Sisi, but Russia suspended commercial flights to Egypt after a passenger plane carrying Russian vacationers back home from a Red Sea breach resort blew up over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

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