Ambassador of Turkey to Ukraine Yonet Tezel told a briefing today, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
Turkey-Ukraine relations follow the political, geopolitical, economic, and cultural logic. The relations with Russia have certain impact on them, but the two have their own path which they follow. And it will not change over political motives. Ukraine is Turkey's strategic ally and neighbor, and Turkey has a stake in a strong, independent, democratic Ukraine integrated into Europe and implementing successful reforms, with Crimea as part of its territory, the country which sovereignty is observed, Tezel said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.
The ambassador also noted that the Turkish stance regarding Crimea had remained unchanged since the very beginning of the crisis in relations between Turkey and Russia.
The ambassador said emotionally that hid blood boils when he hears about the issue of Crimean Tatars, who are Turkish brothers. And now the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people cannot even live in their homeland, he said. Turkey does not take well the Crimea issue in its relations with Russia, the ambassador noted.
Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared Feb. 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On Oct. 7, 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a relevant law. International organizations have recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. The West has imposed a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice."
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