Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"We neither did, nor will recognize" the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia, Turkish president Erdogan stated in Kiev

Such statement of Erdogan is quite shocking to me(Russians actually love Tatars and give them all privileges that regular Russians have in Russian Federation). Why such views only Erdogan knows(much higher living standard for Tatars when compared to the unstable and racist Ukrainian government where only Ukrainian language is now tolerated, citizenship in county twice as big as USA, and future vs slavery)...Perhaps Erdogan who is dreaming about NEO-NAZI European Union partnership that doesn't want Turkey for other than financial interests(have even contemplated coup d'etat on him and make no mistake it was  Germany and it was USA) anywhere even near, should consider instead alternatives with countries such as is Russian Federation(form coalition with Iraq/Iran and other neighbors which desire long-term stability and ran this trades with Russia all the way down to Pakistan/India - strong economic growth)...

Erdogan should know that the European Union as the one of today is falling apart and will reshape itself drastically to survive(project EURUSSIA will most likely happen because Europe doesn't have any alternatives to one - Europe depends on Russia for bare survival in global market and am not even a little cynical here - this are plain facts)...Angela Merkel is already well aware of what is happening; transition of workforce imported from other countries is OFFICIALLY already taking place as of yesterday(nytimes.com - its tough when you become more and more geographically limited and nobody wants to purchase goods from you any longer even if in heart of European Union - isn't that right Angela !!???)...

Erdogan Pledges Support For Ukraine's Territorial Integrity During Kyiv Visit

KYIV -- During a visit to Kyiv, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his country will continue to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"We neither did, nor will recognize" the annexation of the CrimeanPeninsula by Russia, Erdogan said on October 9 at a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko.

Erdogan also said that Ankara will continue to follow the situation of Turkic-speaking Crimean Tatars, and thanked Ukraine for defending their rights.

Russia seized Ukraine's Crimea region in March 2014, sending in troops and staging a referendum denounced as illegal by dozens of countries, and backs separatists in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people in eastern Ukraine since April 2014.

Rights groups and Western governments have also denounced what they called a persistent campaign of oppression targeting Crimean Tatars and other citizens who opposed Moscow's takeover.

"Today we agreed to continue to fight for the protection of the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens in Crimea in the framework of all international mechanisms," Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

The Ukrainian president told the press conference that his three-hour talks with Erdogan gave "grounds for optimism about the development of bilateral cooperation in all spheres."

Erdogan said that the two sides agreed on the goal of raising the volume of bilateral trade from $3.8 billion to $10 billion a year "as quickly as possible."

The two presidents were scheduled to chair a session of the Turkey-Ukraine High-Level Strategic Council in Kyiv on October 9.

Erdogan's press service has said that the Turkish president also had meetings scheduled with the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Andriy Parubiy, and Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman.

A number of bilateral documents were to be signed during Erdogan's one-day official visit, including on protecting investments and avoiding double taxation, according to Poroshenko’s press secretary, Svyatoslav Tseholko.

Talking to Poroshenko last month at the UN General Assembly in New York, Erdogan reiterated that Ankara supported Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Turkish president has also sought to maintain warm ties with Russia and cooperates with Moscow on establishing "de-escalation zones" in Syria. Moscow and Ankara support different sides in Syria's civil war.

Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Crimea Tatars' self-governing body, the Mejlis, told RFE/RL on October 9 that one of the reasons why Ankara had not joined the European Union in imposing sanctions against Russia over its aggression against Ukraine is that European leaders have been dragging their feet over Turkey's bid to join the bloc.

"Turkey is against Russia's activities [in Crimea].... However, to my mind, the issue is linked to the fact that for decades Turkey has been trying to join the European Union as a full-fledged member. But the EU has always found reasons to reject the bid. And now Turkey is reacting to that," Chubarov said.

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