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Erdogan To Visit Kyiv On October 9 For Talks On Bilateral Ties, Crimea


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (right) and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, are due to chair a session of the Turkey-Ukraine High-Level Strategic Council in Kyiv on October 9. (file photo)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to pay a one-day official visit to Ukraine on October 9.

Erdogan and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, are due to chair a session of the Turkey-Ukraine High-Level Strategic Council in Kyiv.

The Turkish presidency said that Erdogan is also set to meet with the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Andriy Parubiy, and Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman.

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/speeches-statements/558/84808/sayin-cumhurbaskanimizin-ukrayna-ziyaretine-iliskin-basin-aciklamasi.html

It also said bilateral relations and regional matters would be discussed during the visit and that a number of bilateral documents will be signed.

Erdogan’s office said that the sides will also exchange views “on the Crimean issue and the situation of Crimean Tatar.”

Russia seized Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March 2014, sending in troops and staging a referendum denounced as illegal by dozens of countries, and backs separatists in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people in eastern Ukraine since April 2014.

Rights groups and Western governments have also denounced what they called a persistent campaign of oppression targeting Turkic-speaking Crimean Tatars and other citizens who opposed Moscow's takeover.

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