Vladimir Putin believes that the recent President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem to recognize it as the capital of Israel is nothing but destabilization the situation in the Middle East. The Russian leader expressed that opinion during his speech at a news conference alongside Recep Tayyip Erdogan after bilateral talks in Ankara on December 11.
Russian President Putin and his Turkish counterpart have discussed several importnat issues during the meeting on Monday in Ankara. Vladimir Putin also said Russia hoped to sign credit agreements for the defense industry with Turkey whose leader has been negotiating with Moscow to buy the system for more than a year.
Despite the US and some of its NATO allies see the move as a snub because the weapons cannot be integrated into the alliance’s defenses, Turkey has been working to develop its own defense systems and equipment and has lined up several projects for the coming years including combat helicopters, tanks, drones, and more.
While duscussing the aspects of the foreign policy, Vladimir Vladimirovich stressed that U.S. Decision on Jerusalem is destabilizing Middle East situation, which never was an easy one.
Putin, Erdogan discussed the issues of weapon
According to Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, Ankara expects to receive its first S-400 system in 2019. On Monday, Putin and Erdogan also discussed developments in Syria and the Middle East, as well as bilateral relations, according to the Turkish president’s office.
In 2015, the relations between the two countries were tense after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet for violating its airspace but Putin and Erdogan have since restored bilateral relations, and the two met several times this year. They regularly hold telephone conversations as they and Iran are involved in talks to find a solution to the conflict in Syria.
Putin arrived in Turkey from Egypt, where he met with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo for talks on the two countries’ expanding ties and regional issues.