President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thoroughly discussed the issues of security and joint counteraction to the challenges in the Black Sea region. This was reported by the press service of the head of state.
"It is worth noting that the vision of Kyiv and Ankara coincide - both in terms of the threats themselves and in terms of ways to properly respond to these threats," Volodymyr Zelensky said in a joint statement with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The Ukrainian Head of State said that he had informed the Turkish side in detail about the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and in Crimea.
"We believe that the situation in eastern Ukraine should be resolved peacefully in the framework of international law in such a way as to preserve territorial integrity. The escalation we are witnessing must be stopped as soon as possible to reduce tension and resume the ceasefire in the framework of fulfilling the terms of the Minsk agreements,” the Turkish President said.
Volodymyr Zelensky also told his Turkish counterpart about human rights violations on the Crimean peninsula and its ongoing militarization. He also thanked Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his willingness to join the Crimean Platform format.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the situation in Donbas should be resolved peacefully.
"The situation in Donbas should be resolved peacefully within the framework of international law. We wish that tension in Donbas was reduced, and an armistice was established within the framework of fulfilling the terms of the Minsk agreements," Erdogan said.