Ukraine appreciates Turkey's continued commitment to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian aggressor. This was announced by President Petro Poroshenko during the press conference with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul.
The Head of State noted that during the Ukrainian-Turkish negotiations, special attention was paid to the problems that arose in front of our state as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation.
"Of course, under the present conditions, priority was given to security issues, military-technical cooperation. I thank the President for his firm, clear and consistent position regarding the non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the condemnation of the aggression in the east of our state carried out by the armed forces of the Russian Federation," Petro Poroshenko said.
The Head of State also stressed that Turkey's assurances that it would not remain indifferent to the problematic issues are important for Ukraine. "What matters to us is the assurances of Turkey that it will not remain isolated from the issues of "crawling aggression" in the Sea of Azov and the violation of human rights on the occupied peninsula. According to Petro Poroshenko, the parties agreed on the coordination of actions to resolve these issues.
"We have confirmed our willingness to work together to resolve these issues both bilaterally and multilaterally in the format of international organizations, in particular the United Nations. I invited the President to intensify our dialogue, including by supporting the decision to deploy peacekeepers in accordance with the UN mandate. We trust Turkey and we will be happy to see Turkey participate in peace-building in Donbas through its peacekeeping mission as part of the UN," he noted.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in turn, assured of Turkey's unwavering position on Ukraine. "Please believe that our position is to support the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and political unity of Ukraine. We have once again stressed that we have never recognized and will not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and we will continue to protect the rights and interests of the Crimean Tatars - both those who remained in Crimea and those who were forced to leave the region," the President of the Republic of Turkey stressed.
"Of course, we want those clashes in eastern Ukraine that are going on now to be completed and resolved in the framework of international law by diplomatic, peaceful means," he added, noting that Turkey is following with approval the activities of Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan as Chairman of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine.