7 Years of Russia’s Occupation of Crimea
Results of the visit of the leader of Ukraine to Turkey: political support for the de-occupation of territories, cooperation in the field of defense-industrial projects
KIEV – Ukraine and Turkey agree to continue making efforts aimed at de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, restoring Ukraine’s control over certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
This is stated in the Joint Statement on behalf of the Presidents of Ukraine and Turkey, signed on October 16 in Istanbul.
“We agree […] to continue coordinating joint efforts to ensure the protection of human rights in the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as to release all illegally imprisoned citizens of Ukraine,” the statement says..
It notes that “the Republic of Turkey […] welcomes cooperation within the Crimean Platform initiated by Ukraine”.
“The Republic of Turkey supports the prospect of Ukraine’s membership in the North Atlantic Alliance and welcomes the recognition of Ukraine as a partner with enhanced capabilities,” reads the document posted on the website of the leader of Ukraine.
In the presence of the two presidents, a memorandum of intent was signed in the field of defense-industrial projects.
“The document defines the intentions of the parties to start and implement joint projects for the construction of warships, UAVs and all types of turbine engines,” the press service of the President of Ukraine said..
“We also have a common point of view on further cooperation in the field of security and defense, in particular security in the Black Sea and the implementation of Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic course,” said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is on a working visit to Turkey on October 16. During the visit, the President of Ukraine and his wife Elena met with His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The Ecumenical Patriarch noted that he would be glad to visit Ukraine when the epidemic situation stabilizes.
The parties discussed the situation in Donbass: “Although difficult, there are steps forward. By your arrival, we will have the opportunity to move forward on the path to peace. And most importantly – about the prisoners: in the Donbass, in the Crimea and in Russia – I really want them to return home, “said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy..
During a meeting with the President of Turkey, Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, I degree “for his outstanding personal contribution to strengthening Ukrainian-Turkish interstate cooperation,” the official press emphasizes..
As reported by the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty on October 16, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that “as a staunch defender of the Crimean cause,” he “will always be on the side of the Crimean Tatars.” The diplomat said this following a meeting with First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Djeppar.
Mevlut Cavusoglu noted that during negotiations with Emine Jeppar, the parties discussed “our relations and regional issues”.
Crimea is on the European agenda
The European Union did not and does not recognize the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. This is stated on October 15 in a statement by the spokesman for the European External Action Service.
“The Russian Federation is carrying out a forcible conscription of the inhabitants of the illegally annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to serve in the army. This is due to ongoing attempts to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, with further actions to forcibly integrate the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol into Russia and is a violation of international humanitarian law. The Russian Federation is obliged to abide by international law and ensure the protection of human rights on the peninsula, ”reads a statement on the website of the EU Foreign Ministry.
The text emphasizes that the European Union still expects Russia to end all violations of international law on the Crimean Peninsula.
As reported by Interfax-Ukraine on October 16, Switzerland, following the UK, introduced sanctions against citizens and companies associated with the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, according to documents from the Swiss Secretariat of the Economy.
Sanctions prohibit, among other things, the export of dual-use goods, the conduct of financial transactions without a permit, the conclusion of new business contracts.
Mutual interest in the military sphere
Managing Partner of the National Anti-Crisis Group Taras Zagorodny believes that Ukraine and Turkey demonstrate mutual interest in cooperation in the field of military technology.
“We can sell Ukrainian military technologies to Turkey, and Ankara is already showing interest in them. The issue of strategic cooperation can be resolved along the “arc” Turkey – Azerbaijan – Ukraine. These are energy, industrial and trade cooperation. The main thing in this is for Ukraine to maintain its national interest, “Taras Zagorodny says to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
At the same time, he believes that Ukraine is not yet ready to launch a Free Trade Zone (FTA) with a country like Turkey..
“Signing documents at this stage is not profitable for Ukraine. We do not have a coherent economic policy, an FTA with Turkey will hit the Ukrainian manufacturer and industry, “Taras Zagorodny emphasizes..
Cooperation to strengthen the army and navy
Director of the Institute for the Information Society Yaroslav Pavlovsky believes that the results of the visit – the signed joint agreement may have positive consequences for cooperation.
“This is definitely not a representative or unimportant visit at the moment. The parties articulate a desire to cooperate. Moreover, we can talk about military-technical cooperation, mutual support, a joint position on the stage of big international politics, “- says Yaroslav Pavlovsky to the correspondent of the Russian service” Voice of America “.
He notes that some Ukrainian technologies are already involved in the production of Turkish drones, and official Kiev is ready to step up cooperation in other areas..
“Today, for Kiev and Ankara, taking into account the situation in the region, projects in the production of special radio equipment for the army and navy, armored vehicles, rocketry seem promising,” says Yaroslav Pavlovsky.
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