December 12, in the Turkish capital of Ankara, a conference was held on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kyiv and Ankara with the initiative and organization of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Turkey and the Middle East Technological University.
Andrii Sybiha, Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey, representatives of political circles of Turkey, in particular the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, professors from Ukraine and Turkey, as well as representatives of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar diasporas joined the discussion of the historical significance and future prospects in the relations of the two strategic partners.
“During the year, we organized a number of events not only in Ankara, but also in other regions of Turkey, which gave us the opportunity to gather an expert environment, assess the current state of Ukrainian-Turkish relations, determine the prospects for their further development," Andrii Sybiha informed QHA, emphasizing that this conference was final.
The Ukrainian ambassador also stressed that the current relations between Kyiv and Ankara are being built on a new speed of political dialogue. Turkey continues to be Ukraine's key partner in the region, and also continues to adhere to the principled position on supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, the non-recognition of the occupation of the Crimea.
“We really appreciate it. It is important that representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are present at this conference today. We all had the opportunity to listen to their assessment of bilateral relations. And if we summarize them, we are talking about pragmatism, the focus on achieving a concrete result, the absence of any serious problems in a bilateral daily order and huge promising prospects," Andrii Sibiha said.
During the conference, apart from economic and political ties between Ukraine and Turkey, the important role of the Crimean Tatar diaspora was discussed in the development of the political dialogue between the two countries. Fethi Kurtiy Şahin, the Chairman of the youth branch of the Crimean Tatar Association of Culture and Mutual Aid in Ankara made the presentation of the report entitled "Crimean Tatar Diaspora - a bridge between Ukraine and Turkey". In his speech, he stressed that Crimean Tatars will positively influence relations between Kyiv and Ankara in the future, and will also open new opportunities and prospects for the development of bilateral dialogue.