Turkey is committed to a strategic partnership with Ukraine, intends to expand cooperation with Kyiv in defense and does not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, said Turkish President Recep Erdogan after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Istanbul.
“We stand for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We reaffirmed our principled decision not to recognize the annexation of Crimea,” Erdogan said, adding that he also supports the Crimean Platform, Kyiv’s initiative to involve the international community in solving the peninsula problem.
“We hope that this initiative will bring positive results for all the peoples of Crimea, including the Crimean Tatars,” TASS quoted the Turkish president as saying.
According to Erdogan, during the meeting with Zelensky, it was decided to start negotiations on strengthening cooperation in the defense industry.
“We have started new consultations in the 2+2 format (talks of the foreign ministers and the Defense Ministry of the two countries),” Erdogan said. – . Our cooperation in the defence industry is by no means an initiative against third countries.”
As a result of the talks, Erdogan and Zelesnky issued a joint declaration emphasizing Ukraine’s plans to join NATO…