Erdogan: Turkey has never recognized and does not recognize the annexation of Crimea

Эрдоган: Турция никогда не признавала и не признает аннексию Крыма

Turkey has never recognized and will not recognize illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. This was during a joint briefing with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, which was broadcast channel “112 Ukraine”, said the leader of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He once again stressed that Turkey’s position is to support the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and political unity of Ukraine.

At the same time, Erdogan stressed that Ankara would also continue to protect the rights and interests of the Crimean Tatars – as those who remained on the territory of the Crimea and those who were forced to move out of the region.

The Turkish President added that he wants to clashes in the East of Ukraine, which are still ongoing, completed and were solved in the framework of international law – diplomatic, peaceful way.

In turn, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko noted that he is convinced that Ukraine, represented by the President of Turkey has a “reliable good friend and partner for Ukraine.”

“I thank President Erdogan for his firm stance on non-recognition of illegal annexation of the Crimea and condemning Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Appreciate the help in release of political prisoners – citizens of Ukraine, who illegally held in Russian-occupied Crimea and on the territory of the Russian Federation”, – said the head Ukrainian state.

Earlier, Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine and Turkey agreed to continue the coordination work for the liberation of Ukrainian political prisoners.

Recall, the leaders of the two countries on the results of negotiations have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of development, a joint statement on the results of the 7th meeting of the Ukrainian-Turkish strategic Council of high level, which took place on the eve of the briefing and the Memorandum of understanding between the state concern “Ukroboronprom” and the Board of the military-industrial complex of Turkey.

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