Turkey, Ukraine hold political, defence consultations in 'quadriga' format

Canan Kevser
25 March 2021, 10:01
Canan Kevser
25 March 2021, 10:01

Ankara hosted political and security consultations between the authorized representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry of Ukraine and Turkey, the national coordinators of the “quadriga” bilateral cooperation format, on March 24.

Regular contacts between the Quadriga coordinators are envisaged by the agreements of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense of the two countries, which held an inaugural meeting of Quadriga in Kyiv on December 18, 2020, press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reports.

The national coordinators discussed ways to deepen cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey in the field of security and defence to restore stability and security in the Black Sea region, further development of cooperation in the field of the defence industry.

A separate topic of the consultations was the current situation in the Crimean peninsula and the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.

Representatives of Turkey reiterated their continued support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and non-recognition of the attempted annexation of Crimea. The Turkish side also stressed its support for Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic course and its aspirations towards full membership in NATO.

The participants also exchanged views on the prospects for resolving conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus.

The Turkish side was represented by Yönet Can Tezel, Director of the Eurasian Department of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Brigadier Admiral Özgur Altunbulak, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Defence and Security of the Turkish Ministry of National Defence.

On behalf of Ukraine, Vasyl Zvarych, Director of the Second Territorial Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and Yuriy Punda, Director of the Strategic Planning Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, took part in the consultations.

As part of his visit to Ankara, Zvarych held a separate meeting with Tezel to discuss the preparation of the ninth meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council chaired by the Presidents of Ukraine and Turkey in 2021, interaction within international organizations, and an increase in trade and investment. During the meeting, the Turkish diplomat confirmed his country's readiness to take part in the work of the Crimean Platform, which will serve as a platform for consolidating international efforts to de-occupy Crimea.

As reported, the first Quadriga meeting in the framework of a comprehensive bilateral dialogue with the participation of the foreign and defense ministers of Ukraine and Turkey was held on December 18 in Kyiv.