Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin show up at a ceremony marking the official start of the TurkStream pipeline which will have Russian pure gas to southern Europe as a result of Turkey, in Istanbul, Turkey, January eight, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey and Russia referred to as on United States and Iran on Wednesday to prioritize diplomacy and de-escalate tensions, warning that the exchange of assaults by Washington and Tehran could guide to a new cycle of instability in the area.
The joint phone was issued in a assertion following a conference between Presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin in Istanbul.
Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. killing of an Iranian basic, elevating the stakes in Tehran’s conflict with Washington amid issue of a wider war in the Middle East.
Reporting by Can Sezer and Tuvan Gumrukcu Producing by Ece Toksabay Modifying by Dominic Evans