Turkey Refuses to Back Russia Crimea Claims, Urges Peace

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a weekend diplomatic visit and voiced support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity amid border tensions.

Zelenskyy recently visited Turkey to mark the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership as the separatist conflict in Donbas intensified and more Russian forces have been deployed to the eastern border.

“Turkey’s support for the restoration of our sovereignty and territorial integrity is extremely important,” said Zelenskyy.

According to Erdogan, there needs to be peace and tranquility in the Black Sea, and that the situation could be resolved through dialogue.

The two leaders said that Turkish and Ukrainian defense industries would cooperate and share technology to produce drones and naval corvettes.

Ankara considers Ukraine as an important buffer against Russia and has advocated for its acceptance into the NATO alliance.

Erdogan added Turkey was ready to provide the necessary support to Kiev and has already sent in drones recently.

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