Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, spoke in favor of reducing tensions in Donbass, TASS reports.
Erdogan noted that Ankara, within the framework of the Minsk agreements, is ready to provide the necessary support for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
“We hope that the alarming escalation we have seen on the ground lately will end as soon as possible,” Erdogan said.
Also, the Turkish leader raised the issue of Crimea at a meeting with the Ukrainian side. He confirmed the country’s decision not to recognize the inclusion of the peninsula in the Russian Federation. According to him, Turkey supports Ukraine’s initiative in the form of the Crimean Platform platform, which is aimed at bringing the international community closer to Crimea.
The summit of this site is scheduled for August 23. There Kiev intends to discuss the issue of “return” of the peninsula.
Recall that Crimea became part of Russia as a result of a referendum held in March 2014. Then the majority of the inhabitants of the peninsula spoke in favor of reunification with the Russian Federation. Until now, Ukraine and a number of Western countries do not recognize the Russian peninsula. In Russia, however, it has been repeatedly stressed that the issue of Crimea’s ownership has been completely closed.