Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the GNAT received Rustem Umerov, Co-Chairman of Ukraine-Turkey Interparliamentary Friendship Group and the accompanying parliamentary delegation. January 12, 2022

In the meeting, Şentop told that while existing cooperation areas with Ukraine are deepened, new cooperation fields are created. Şentop stated that he is pleased to observe increasing of interparliamentary relations and pointed out that the environment of dialogue and close cooperation established between parliaments would provide basis for people to know each other more closely. Mustafa Şentop emphasized that the bilateral trade volume with Ukraine which has increased to 7,3 billion dollars in 2021 is not sufficient, “Our aim of 10 billion dollars in trade volume still remains”

Speaker Şentop indicated that Turkey is ready to do its part regarding resolving the issues in Ukraine amicably, “I’d like to reiterate our full support to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and political sovereignty.”

Regarding Crimea, Şentop said, “Turkey did not and will not recognize Crimea’s illegal and illegitimate annexation.” and told that recognition of Crimean Tatars as indigenous status in the parliament is a significant step. Şentop stated that he is pleased that the law drafts supporting Armenian thesis were withdrawn, “We know that those who wish to overshadow our relations through these initiatives are minorities and that Ukrainian administration has adopted a prudent and principled approach about this matter. We hope that this prudent approach could prevail."

Speaker Şentop also reminded Turkey’s expectation towards transfering of schools in Ukraine which are related to FETÖ, to Turkish Maarif Foundation.

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