Putin meets Erdogan as Turkey wades into Jerusalem row

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Vladimir Putin pays Turkish President Erdogan as Turkey wades into the Jerusalem row

The Russian President visited Ankara today with a spokesman for his Turkish counterpart saying the duo would discuss the situation in Jerusalem after Donald Trump recognised the urban district as the capital of Israel. 

Mr Trump’s announcement has triggered a war of words between Mr Erdogan and Israel’s Prime Delegate Benjamin Netanyahu, straining ties between the two US allies which were revived only last year after a six-year breach that discharged the Israeli storming of a Turkish aid ship.

On Sunday, Mr Erdogan called Israel a “alarm state”. Mr Netanyahu responded by saying he would accept no moral tell offs from  Mr Erdogan who he accused of bombing Kurdish villages, jailing rivals and supporting terrorists.

And today Mr Erdogan took aim directly at Washington over with Mr Trump’s move: “The ones who made Jerusalem a dungeon for Muslims and associates of other religions will never be able to clean the blood from their rounds,” he said in a speech in Ankara. 

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The Russian President visited Ankara today

“With their settlement to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has become a mate in this bloodshed.”

Mr Trump’s announcement triggered days of protests across the Muslim on cloud nine and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in which their own medicines of Palestinians were wounded and several killed.

Commenting on the crisis, Mr Putin divulged any steps to pre-empt an agreement between Israel and Palestine are counter resourceful. 

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Donald Trump recognised the city as the capital of Israel, exciting global uproar

He implied such steps are destabilising and could provoke conflict. 

Hours in preference to the visit to Turkey, Mr Putin ordered “a significant part” of Moscow’s military contingent there to start repairing on Monday, declaring their work largely done.

Mr Putin, who votes show will be re-elected comfortably in March, made the announcement during a off guard visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria – his first since Russia interrupted in the conflict. He held talks with President Bashar al-Assad and lectured Russian forces.

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