Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko announced that Turkey supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and does not intend to recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia.

“I once again assured Poroshenko that Turkey will continue to support Ukraine’s sovereignty, its territorial integrity,including Crimea and political consolidation. We have not recognized and do not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea”, – quoted Erdogan “Interfax”.

According to the Turkish leader said that his country will also continue to monitor closely the status of the Crimean Tatar people. “We will continue to coordinate efforts with Ukraine on this issue”, – said the President.

Poroshenko, in turn, expressed the hope that Turkey will join the “group of friends of de-occupation of Crimea”, the idea of the formation of which he had previously voiced at the UN in new York.

“During our talks I also stressed that the Russian attempt to legalize the occupation in this or that way is doomed to failure. After all in the world understand that the international right and international law to be respected”, – stressed the President of Ukraine (to quote the TV channel “112 Ukraine”).

Poroshenko also said that despite all the peace initiatives and efforts, “aggression of Russia against Ukraine continues.”

“Together with President Erdogan, we noted the inadmissibility of the situation in the sphere of human rights in Crimea, which is constantly deteriorating due to the repressive actions of the occupying power. Searches and arrests, harassment, intimidation and repression of all who do not agree with the occupation or the policies of the invaders have become commonplace, unfortunately, in the occupied Crimea”, – said Poroshenko.

Erdogan, we will remind, earlier it was made clear that Ankara’s position on non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea to Russia will not change. Last year, he assured Poroshenko that “will continue to support Ukraine in the issue of restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state both in bilateral and multilateral dimensions”.

The Turkish President then stressed that the resumption of dialogue with Russia after lasted several months of diplomatic crisis, “no impact on Turkey’s position on non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea and condemning violations of the rights of Crimean Tatars”.

Poroshenko has invited Turkey to a group of “friends of de-occupation of the Crimea” 10.10.2017

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