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Putin: US move on Jerusalem may ‘finish prospects’ for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticizes the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, warning that it could destabilize the region and derail the Middle East peace process.

Speaking after a hectic day that took him from a Russian base in Syria to Cairo and Ankara, Putin says the US move “doesn’t help the Mideast settlement and, just the other way round, destabilizes the already difficult situation in the region.”

The Russian leader adds that it may “finish prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.”

He adds that Moscow believes that the status of Jerusalem should be settled through talks between the Palestinians and Israel in line with United Nations resolutions.

— AP

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