Turkey will not recognize Crimea's occupation by Russia - Erdogan

Turkey will not recognize Crimea's occupation by Russia - ErdoganUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Ukrainian presidential press service said late on Saturday.

"Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed Petro Poroshenko on Turkey's unwavering position regarding its support of Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity in the country's internationally recognised borders. The Turkish president also stated that the Republic of Turkey will not recognise Crimea's occupation and will continue to support the Crimean Tatars in every possible way," the press service said in a communication posted on the Ukrainian presidential official website.

"In the context of the military coup attempted in Turkey late on July 15 - early on July 16, 2016, the Ukrainian head of state confirmed the Ukrainian support of the legitimately elected president and government of the Republic of Turkey," it said.

The sides highlighted the mutual intent to use best endeavours to enhance the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Poroshenko offered Erdogan condolences over the recent terror attacks that killed people in eastern Turkey, it said.

The two national leaders discussed separately the issues related to the development of interaction in the energy sector, the Ukrainian presidential press service said.
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