Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Erdogan and Vladimir Putin ANGRY and Warn again of further tension over US Jerusalem move

A handout photo released by the Turkish Presidential Press Office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on Dec.11. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin warned on Dec.11 that Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region. (Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP/Kayhan Ozer)
Turkish President Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, the two presidents have equally angry opinions and claim US foolishness is very unilateral, and they warn that Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tensions in the east middle of already tense.

Trump's decision and his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem sparked violence in Jerusalem, with a fifth day of demonstrations in the Middle East.

"Both Russia and Turkey believe that the decision ... does not help regulate the situation in the Middle East but instead makes the atmosphere unstable," Putin said at a press conference in Ankara.

"This could derail the Israeli-Palestinian peace process," he warned after his meeting with Erdogan following a quick visit to Syria and Egypt on Monday.

Erdogan said that he and Putin had taken a similar approach to the problem when he accused Israel of continuing to "add fuel to the fire".

"Israel is using this as an opportunity to further increase pressure and violence against Palestinians," he added.

Putin earlier in Cairo stressed the importance of "the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks soon on all disputed issues, including the status of Jerusalem".

"Partnering with bloodshed"

The Turkish head of state fiercely opposes Trump's decision and has sought to mobilize the Muslim world against him, calling a summit of Islamic countries on 13 December in Istanbul.

Erdogan, who considers himself a champion of the Palestinian struggle, says the "struggle" of Muslims will not end until there is an independent Palestinian state.

"They will not be able to clean the blood," he said in a speech in Ankara.

"With this recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the United States has become a partner of this bloodshed.We do not recognize this decision, we will not do it," he added.

Turkey has high hopes for bilateral ties under Trump's presidency, but relations have been surrounded by a line of Syrian conflict, a case of New York law and now Jerusalem.

Erdogan said that the current "vandalism and cruelty" in Jerusalem will not last long. "Those who think they have Jerusalem today will not find a tree to hide," he said.

Back to "Turning point"

Trump's move has sparked protests across the Islamic world and deadly violence in the Palestinian territories.
Erdogan said that a summit of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul would be a "turning point" in the matter.

Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have exchanged verbal blows at the weekend, with the Turkish leader portraying Israel as a "terrorist state" that kills children.

Hours later Netanyahu retaliated, during a visit to Paris, called his Turkish counterpart a leader who bombed the Kurdish villagers and supported the terrorists.

Last year, Turkey and Israel ended a rift triggered by an Israeli attack in 2010 on a Gaza-bound ship that left 10 Turkish activists dead and caused a decline in diplomatic ties.

The two sides have since boosted cooperation, especially energy, but Erdogan has repeatedly criticized Israeli policy.

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