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 Ankara supports OSCE armed police mission deployment in Donbas, Minister of National Defence of Turkey says

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with Minister of National Defence of Turkey İsmet Yılmaz. The parties confirmed willingness to make every effort to ensure prompt fulfillment of arrangements reached in the course of the fifth session of the High Level Strategic Council between Ukraine and Turkey held in Ankara on March 9, 2016 and enhance strategic partnership between the two states.

Censor.NET reports citing the president's press office.

The head of state expressed belief that the 10th session of the Ukraine-Turkey Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Regional Development, Construction and HCS of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko and Minister Yılmaz would give a boost to bilateral cooperation in all spheres.

The parties agreed that Ukraine-Turkey cooperation had a significant potential and must be actively used. Special emphasis should be put on strategic spheres, particularly defense industry where the two countries have mutual interests and complementary capabilities.

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The president informed the Turkish Minister on the situation in Donbas. Ukraine remains committed to the implementation of the Minsk agreements, but draws attention to the necessity of ensuring systemic de-escalation of the situation and deploying the OSCE armed police mission.

İsmet Yılmaz assured of Turkey's support for the idea of deploying the abovementioned mission in Donbas.

The parties expressed indignation over further deterioration of situation with human rights in Crimea, particularly recent arrests of Crimean Tatar leaders by the occupation authorities. "We count on consolidated and firm reaction of the international community to the actions of the invaders," the president noted and emphasized the necessity of enhancing respective sanctions against the country-aggressor.

In his turn, Minister of National Defence of Turkey noted that his country did not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and strongly condemned persecution of Crimean Tatars by the occupation authorities, particularly recent decision to "prohibit Mejlis". He noted that Turkey had been drawing attention to the occupation of Crimea and violation of human rights on the peninsula in the framework of all international institutions.

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The parties have discussed ways to enhance bilateral and multilateral interaction in the issue of ensuring security in the Black Sea region.

The head of state expressed gratitude to the Turkish side for organization of recreation program for children and family members of Ukrainian servicemen killed or wounded in the ATO area.
 
 
 
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