President Gul: Turkey concerned over Black Sea stability

ANKARA – Turkey`s President Abdullah Gul has said Turkey, Ukraine and Russia belong to the Black Sea region and therefore the country is concerned about developments in Ukraine and continues to actively monitor all developments.

Speaking alongside Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, President Gul said Poland and Turkey both agree on the Crimean issue and that the region must remain within Ukrainian borders and that “Ukrainian political and economic independence must be supported by our countries”.

Presidents Gul and Komorowski held a joint press conference after their meeting on Wednesday following talks at Cankaya Presidential Palace in Ankara. President Komorowski is on a two-day visit to Turkey.

President Gul said Ukrainian developments and Crimean issue are one of the hottest topics on the international agenda, and that a grave human tragedy was unfolding in Syria.

On the domestic agenda, President Gul said wiretapping had not taken place at his office because of day-to-day measures, adding that he had appointed the State Audit Council to investigate wiretapping, corruption and public service selection cases and would share results of the investigation with the public when it is completed.

President Komorowski expressed his pleasure at visiting Turkey on the 600th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations, adding that “the relations between our countries are exemplary in the history of European countries”.

Drawing attention to numerous cooperation projects between the two, Komorowski said: “We work side-by-side and shoulder-to-shoulder in NATO and we want to see Turkey in the European Union.”

Referring to Turkey`s support for Poland`s entry into NATO 15 years ago, Komorowski said: “I want to reiterate our support for Turkey`s EU membership process because Turkey`s role in the European Union will be very important for the security of European and NATO countries.”

Stating that relations between Turkey and Poland could become more attractive in the economic field, Komorowski said the strong economies of both countries constituted a driving force for the development of Europe.

Komorowski said he shared President Gul`s sensitivity regarding Ukrainian minorities and that Poland was well aware of the importance of the problems of Crimean Tatars in Ukraine. Komorowski added that Turkey`s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu`s Ukraine visit was praiseworthy and had demonstrated Turkey`s solidarity with Ukraine.

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