Turkey–Ukraine relations

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Turkish-Ukrainian relations
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Turkish–Ukrainian relations are foreign relations between Turkey and Ukraine. Turkey and Ukraine have a long chronology of historical, geographic, and cultural contact. Diplomatic relations between both countries were established in early 1990s when Turkey became one of the first states in the world to announce officially about recognition of sovereign Ukraine. Turkey has an embassy in Kiev and a consulate general in Odessa. Ukraine has an embassy in Ankara and a consulate general in Istanbul. Turkey is a full member of NATO and Ukraine is a candidate. Also both countries are BLACKSEAFOR and BSEC members. In late January 2010 Ukrainian President Yanukovych and Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan agreed to form a free trade zone between the two countries during 2011.[1] But bilateral free trade talks were put on hold in 2013.[2] Following the end of 2015, Turkey and Ukraine experienced closer relations as a result of both countries increasingly strained relationship with Russia.[2] On 20 August 2016 Turkish President Erdoğan told his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that Turkey would not recognize the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea; calling it "Crimea's occupation".[3] On 9 January 2017 Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated "We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. We do not recognize the annexation of the lands of Ukraine.[4]

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