We'll create coalition in support of territorial integrity, independence of Ukraine
Turkey will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and its aggression against Ukraine, President of the Ukrainian State Petro Poroshenko has said.
"We decided [during the official visit to Turkey] a number of issues, ranging from the joint formation of a coalition in support of sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine," Poroshenko said during the opening ceremony of the Ukrainian consulate in Antalya on Sunday.
He recalled the words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after talks on Saturday in Istanbul that "Turkey will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and aggression against our state would be considered a gross violation of international law."
According to Poroshenko, the opening of the consulate in Antalya will strengthen the presence of Ukraine in Turkey.
He expressed hope that the consular presence of Ukraine "in Antalya, the Turkish city of one million people - a symbol of resorts, recreation, and international relations" will enable Ukrainian diplomats to take an active part in international events that often take place here.
"I firmly believe that today we are demonstrating how to protect the rights of Ukrainians. But also for foreigners who come to our consulates to get a visa or get information, I think they will fall in love with Ukraine since we set the standard high [in our work], said the head of state.
Poroshenko also said that Ukrainians who live in Turkey received 3,000 passports for children last year.