The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko August 20 held talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the website of the Ukrainian President.
In a message posted on the website Poroshenko said that the Ukrainian President expressed his support to Erdogan in connection with the attempted military coup that occurred in Turkey.
Erdogan, in turn, assured Poroshenko in the immutability of Turkey’s support for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” reads the website of the Ukrainian President.
“The Turkish President also said that the Turkish Republic does not recognize the occupation of Crimea and to continue to support the Crimean Tatars”, — stated in the message.
Erdoğan and Poroshenko also agreed to continue to deepen the strategic partnership, and separately discussed the issues of development of cooperation in the energy sphere.”
Crimea became part of Russia after the referendum on the Peninsula in the spring of 2014. Kiev this step is not guilty and has accused Russia of “occupation” of the Crimea. Moscow these accusations have been repeatedly rejected.
Earlier, Erdogan in conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, pointed to the massive presence of Russia in the Black sea. “I told him: you are not in the Black sea. The black sea almost became a Russian lake. If we don’t act now, history will not forgive us,” said the President of Turkey. The permanent representative of Russia to NATO Alexander Grushko, in turn, said that the Black sea should not turn into a “NATO lake”, Russia will not allow it.