On March 1, 2014 Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Ahmet Davutoğlu.
The Parties stressed that Ukraine and Turkey are connected with longtime political, economic and human relations, and expressed hope for activation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Moreover, they discussed developments in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, claiming that they could lead to a dangerous situation in the Black Sea region.
“We treat with respect all national minorities living in Crimea and we create conditions for their all-round development,” claimed the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada. “Thus, the statement of the Russian Federation regarding restriction of rights of Russian minorities in Crimea does not reflect reality.”
The Parties also drew their attention to the issue on enforcement of rights of Crimean Tatars on the Crimean peninsula.
Oleksandr Turchynov claimed that Ukraine addressed international institutions, particularly the OSCE, with the request to send its observers to Crimea, and expressed hope for cooperation with Turkey on this issue.
In his turn, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Turkey claimed that Turkey supports Ukraine and is ready to system cooperation. “We attach great importance to cooperation with Ukraine which is one of the most important strategic partners of Turkey, and we pay close attention to the developments,” said Ahmet Davutoglu.
“For us, Ukraine is united. The main principle for us is its territorial integrity,” claimed the Minister of Foreign Affairs.