Turkey promises assistance for return of Ukrainian territories, citizens kept by Russia

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
27 September 2021, 14:11
Canan Kevser
27 September 2021, 14:11

Ombudspersons of Turkey and Ukraine, Şeref Malkoç and Liudmyla Denisova, discussed the observance of citizens' rights in the two countries, Denisova reported.

Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Denisova handed over a list with the names of Crimean Tatars, who are being detained in Russia and the temporarily occupied Crimea, to Turkey's Chief Ombudsperson Malkoç.

According to the Ukrainian ombudsperson, she asked Mr Malkoç to "assist by all possible means in the return of Ukrainian political prisoners to their homeland."

"In turn, Şeref Malkoç promised to strengthen cooperation and assistance in the struggle for the return of Ukrainian citizens and territories," Denisova wrote on social media.

Denisova also informed the Turkish ombudsperson about the issues that remain in occupied Donbas. In particular, Russia's large-scale information propaganda, politicization and militarization of children, systematic violations of social and economic human rights.

"I expressed gratitude for the unchanging position of the President of Turkey regarding the illegal occupation of Crimea, assistance and pressure on Russia with a view to releasing Crimean activists illegally detained by the invaders," she added.

The parties agreed to continue the dialogue between the institutions of ombudspersons of Ukraine and the Republic of Turkey within the concluded cooperation agreement.