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Kiev: Erdogan promised Poroshenko to support Ukraine’s claims to Crimea

September 21, 8:33 UTC+3 KIEV
The Ukrainian government reports Erdogan said that Turkey will continue to support Ukraine in restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko

©  Mikhail Palinchak/Press Office of the President of Ukraine/TASS

KIEV, September 21. /TASS/. Turkey will continue to support Ukraine’s claims to Crimea, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during his meeting with Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the press service of the Ukrainian government reported.

"Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will continue to support Ukraine in restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state both in the bilateral and multilateral dimensions," according to the statement.

The press service of Poroshenko stressed that "the resumption of (Turkey’s - TASS) dialogue with Russia will not affect the position of Turkey."

The two leaders also discussed trade and investment issues.

"The Ukrainian President invited Turkish companies to take part in the privatization of Ukrainian enterprises," the press service added.

The two leaders also agreed to hold a meeting of the Ukrainian-Turkish working group on energy issues in the near future.

On March 11, 2014 the Supreme Soviet of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Hall issued a declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimes and the city of Sevastopol from Ukraine in the wake of turbulent events in Kiev where a coup d’etat had been committed and militant radical elements had seized control over the situation.

On March 16, 96.77% residents of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% residents of Sevastopol voted for reuniting with Russia, from which they were torn away by through Nikita Khrushchev’s arbitrariness in 1954.

A treaty on accepting the new territories as administrative entities of the Russian Federation was signed in Moscow on March 18.

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