The Turkish President said that tensions between Kyiv and Moscow over the Donbass conflict must be resolved through dialogue.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for “disturbing” developments in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine to end after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart in Istanbul, adding that Turkey is ready. provide all necessary support.
Erdogan and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held talks in Istanbul on Saturday amidst the stresses between Kyiv and Moscow over the protracted conflict in the Donbass.
Speaking at a press conference with Zelenskyy, Erdogan said he hopes the conflict will be resolved peacefully, through a dialogue based on diplomatic customs, in accordance with international law and consular integrity. territory of Ukraine.
“Our primary goal is that the Black Sea continues to be a sea of peace, tranquility and cooperation,” Erdogan said.
Zelenskyy said the views of Kyiv and Ankara are coincidental on regional threats and the responses to those threats as well.
Erdogan emphasized that Turkey’s cooperation with Ukraine in the field of defense industry, which was the main agenda item of the meeting, was not a move against any third country.
Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, said Ukraine was buying Turkish military drones.
She also said that “the new generation unmanned aircraft will be equipped with Ukrainian engines”.
Zelenskyy’s visit to Turkey comes amid heightened tensions in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists have been fighting since 2014.
During a military visit there this week, Zelenskyy said July ceasefire deal breaches were on the rise.
The separatist authorities have also accused the Ukrainian forces of violating the ceasefire.
Russia has strengthen its army along the border and warned Ukraine not to try to regain control of the separatist-controlled territory.
Kyiv refutes that it is preparing for an attack. The Russian military build-up has aroused concerns in the United States and Europe.
The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke by phone on Friday. Among the issues discussed is Ukraine.
The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin expressed concern that Ukraine “recently resumed dangerous provocations on the lines of communication”.
Turkey is a NATO member. But Erdogan and Putin have forged a close personal relationship, tied to energy and commercial transactions.
They have also negotiated for opposition parties in conflicts, including Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Erdogan’s office also said he would discuss with Zelenskyy about the living conditions of the Tatars in Crimea, who have ethnic ties to the Turks. Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.