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Poroshenko, Erdogan discuss Crimean Tatars' rights in annexed Crimea

Meeting of the two leaders was held before the ceremony of signing the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
11:53, 5 January 2019

Ukraine's Presidental Administration

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul. The President of Ukraine reported this on Twitter.  

‘I am pleased to start my working visit in Turkey with a meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. We discussed the ways of strengthening the strategic partnership, increasing the coordination of interaction on the international arena, prospects of concluding a bilateral accord on free trade area,’ the head of the Ukrainian state claimed.

That said, Poroshenko expressed gratitude to the Turkish Republic for the cooperation on the UN General Assembly Resolution regarding the condemnation of the militarization of the Sea of Azov and Crimea by Russia. 

Ukraine's Presidental Administration

Later, the press office of the President of Ukraine added that the heads of the states had also drawn special attention to the measures for the release of the illegally captured Ukrainian citizens from Russian prisons, as well as ensuring the rights of citizens of Ukraine, including the Crimean Tatars, on the territory of Crimea within the context of the Russian occupation. 

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‘The presidents of the two countries noted the positive trend in trade, economic and investment cooperation, as well as the growth of mutual tourist flows,’ the Presidential Administration summed up.  

It is noteworthy that the meeting of Poroshenko and Erdogan happened on the eve of the solemn ceremony of signing the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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