December 12, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
ANKARA, Turkey – Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a joint press conference in Ankara on Monday following bilateral talks between the leaders.
“Naturally, the focus was made on the situation in the Middle East settlement that has deteriorated dramatically and on the Syrian affairs where our countries are closely cooperating,” he told journalists after the talks.
“We are conducting joint work to prepare and convene the Syrian National Dialogue Congress at the beginning of the next year,” he said after talks with Erdogan. “It is a secret to no one that I spoke about it with President Assad during my today’s visit to Syria.”
Both leaders then agreed that the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has a destabilizing impact on the Middle East.
“Both Russia and Turkey believe that the decision of the United States’ administration to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy to that city in no way promotes the settlement of the situation in the Middle East. On the contrary, it destabilizes the situation in the region which is already tense,” he said.
“Russia insists that this settlement be implemented exclusively and fully on the resolutions passed earlier within the United Nations,” Putin stressed. “Concrete parameters of an agreement of Jerusalem’s status are a subject for direct Palestinian-Israeli talks.”