On 24 March 2021, political and security consultations between the representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ukraine and Turkey - national coordinators of the Quadriga format took place.
Regular contacts between the Quadriga coordinators are envisaged by the agreements of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense of the two countries, which held an inaugural meeting of Quadriga in Kyiv on 18 December 2020.
On behalf of Ukraine, Vasyl Zvarych, Director of the Second Territorial Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and Yuriy Punda, Director of the Strategic Planning Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, took part in the consultations.
The Turkish side was represented by Yönet C. Tezel, Director of the Eurasian Department of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Brigadier Admiral Özgur Altunbulak, Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Defense and Security of the Turkish Ministry of National Defense.
The national coordinators discussed ways to deepen cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey in the field of security and defense to restore stability and security in the Black Sea region, further development of cooperation in the field of defense industry.
A separate topic of the consultations was the current situation in the Crimean peninsula and the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.
Representatives of Turkey reaffirmed their continued support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and non-recognition of the attempted annexation of Crimea. The Turkish side also stressed its support for our country's Euro-Atlantic course and its aspirations towards full membership in NATO.
Finally, the participants exchanged views on the prospects for resolving conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus.
During his visit to Ankara, Vasyl Zvarych also met with Yönet C. Tezel to discuss preparations for the 9th meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council chaired by the Presidents of Ukraine and Turkey that will take place in 2021, cooperation within international organizations, increasing trade and investment.
During the meeting, the Turkish diplomat reaffirmed his country's readiness to take part in the activity of the Crimea platform, which will serve as a platform for consolidating international efforts to deoccupy Crimea.