08:50 Ukraine and Turkey have a meeting with the heads of state. Edogen is willing to provide all support for the resolution of the conflict

Zelensky (left) meets with Edogen (right) to discuss the situation in Udon.  (Reuters)

Zelensky (left) meets with Edogen (right) to discuss the situation in Udon. (Reuters)

2021/04/11 08:50

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report]As Russia continues to increase troops on the Ukrainian border, the situation in eastern Ukraine is becoming increasingly tense. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Saturday. During the three-hour meeting, Edogen called for an end to the “worrying situation” in Donbass as soon as possible, and publicly stated that Turkey is willing to provide all necessary support.

According to “Reuters”, after Russia annexed the Crimea Peninsula in 2014 and supported pro-Russian militants in Donbass, Ukraine and Russia clashed as a result. In 2015, the two countries reached an agreement in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. The armistice agreement, the implementation of this agreement is supervised by France and Germany. Despite the signing of the ceasefire agreement between the two countries, sporadic fighting is still taking place in the Donbass region, and the number of troops assembled by Russia on the Uzbekistan-Dongnam border recently hit a new high, and many Ukrainian soldiers were shot and killed by pro-Russian militants.

Ukrainian President Zelensky held a 3-hour meeting with Turkish President Aydogan in Istanbul on Saturday (10th). The meeting between Zelensky and Edogen was a previously finalized itinerary, which coincided with Ukraine. The situation in the East is tense. At the press conference, Aydogan pointed out that he hopes to resolve the conflict peacefully through diplomatic dialogue, consistent with international law and maintaining the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Edogen said: “We are ready to provide any necessary support for this.”

Zelensky pointed out that he briefed Edogen on the current developments in the Donbass region, and discussed how Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan should jointly respond to the security of the Black Sea region. “Kiev and Ankara have reached an agreement on how to respond to threats.”

As a member of NATO, Turkey has previously worked closely with Russia in the areas of Syria, Libya, and Nakah, as well as the defense and energy fields. However, the Turkish authorities criticized Russia’s annexation of Crimea and supported Ukraine to maintain its territorial integrity. In 2019, The sale of drones to Ukraine, the future role of Turkey in the increasingly tense situation on the border between Ukraine and Russia is also a cause for concern.

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