Erdoğan, Putin exchange views on US Jerusalem decision
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Dec. 7 held a phone call to discuss the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to Turkish presidential sources.
The phone conversation comes a day after Donald Trump announced that the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital and would relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem despite widespread international opposition.
Noting that Israel’s decision to annex Jerusalem in 1980 was rejected by the international community and the U.N., Erdoğan stressed that the recent step taken by the U.S. administration would negatively affect peace and stability in the region, the sources said.
The sources added that Putin shared the same views and stated that they will be following these issues at the U.N. Security Council.
Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Ahead of his election last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.