National coordinators from Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ukraine and Turkey held political and security consultations on Quadriga (2+2) format on Wednesday.
Ukrainian delegation informed the Turkish side about the current state of affairs in the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula, Ukraine's MFA reports.
“We informed the Turkish side about the real situation in the occupied Crimea, in particular about the increase in the number of Russian occupation troops, human rights violations, and the demographic situation on the peninsula,” Director of the Second Territorial Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Zvarych said.
SECURITY IN THE BLACK SEA IS COMMON RESPONSIBILITY
The meeting participants discussed not only the security of Ukraine but also the security of the entire Black Sea region.
“Our assessments of security threats actually coincide. And this is very important for us as strategic partners since security in the Black Sea region is our common responsibility as two great maritime states,” Zvarych noted.
According to him, Turkey is ready to take an active part in the Crimean Platform, including in the preparation of the final documents of the summit scheduled for August 23, and in promoting the initiative as a platform for consolidating international efforts to de-occupy Crimea.
As reported earlier, Zvarych held a separate meeting with Yönet Can Tezel, Director of the Eurasian Department of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 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.