The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the framework of participation in the 71st session of the UN General Assembly held a meeting with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said in a statement on the website of the Ukrainian President. Erdogan stressed that Turkey will continue to support Ukraine in the issue of restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country both in bilateral and multilateral dimensions”, the report says.
Turkish President also stressed that the resumption of dialogue with Russia will not affect Turkey’s position on non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea and condemning violations of the rights of Crimean Tatars, informs the website Poroshenko.
The presidents discussed the status of implementation of the agreements reached at the fifth meeting of the Strategic Council of high level between Ukraine and Turkey, in particular in the area of trade liberalization. Poroshenko also invited Turkish companies to participate in privatization of Ukrainian enterprises.
Turkey has consistently stated the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea to Russia. The Turkish authorities have taken this position even before the deterioration of relations with Moscow after the December attack on the Russian su-24. In August, when relations between Putin and Erdogan began to build, Poroshenko has held a meeting with the Turkish leader. Then, as reported by the website of the Ukrainian President, Erdogan assured Poroshenko “in the immutability of Turkey’s support for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, calling the annexation of Crimea “occupation” and promising to “fully support the Crimean Tatars” (quotes on the website Poroshenko).
In may, opening a meeting of foreign Ministers of countries-members of NATO, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on the inadmissibility of the annexation of Crimea, and also expressed support for the inhabitants of the Peninsula.
Crimea became part of Russia after the referendum on the Peninsula in the spring of 2014. Western countries and Ukraine accuse Russia of “annexation” of Crimea. Moscow claims that international law was not violated, and accession took place on the basis of a referendum on the independence of Crimea.
The last time the President Vladimir Putin said last week at the CIS summit in Bishkek. Representing Ukraine, the country’s Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan, Nikolay Doroshenko spoke then against Russia he became Chairman of the CIS in 2017, Recalling “angasii of the Crimea.” “Russia does not annexed. All that has happened with the Crimea, — the result of illegal actions of certain political forces in Ukraine, which brought the case before the coup, ” answered Putin. — Crimea joined Russia as a result of expression of people living on this territory, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter”.