ANKARA (QHA) -

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin thanked the Turkish authorities for their help in liberating the Crimean prisoners of the Kremlin and called for continued pressure on Russia. The Ukrainian minister made a corresponding statement on March 30, in Ankara at a press conference after a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, QHA correspondent reports.

“We worked together on a number of statements, but we need to go beyond the statements. We worked on resolutions of the UN General Assembly and, first of all, it concerns people who suffer in the occupied Crimea. And we are very grateful to President Erdogan and our Turkish friends for the release of our political prisoners, because I came here today with representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, including both our liberated political prisoners. And when you sit next to them, just near - this is a very special feeling," the Ukrainian minister said.

However, according to him, the world should continue to put pressure on Russia.

"We must go further, go on to press Russia to help people on the ground to release political prisoners and hostages and, of course, to deliver the decisions of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Fundamentally, such support goes beyond just partnership, it's really a matter of friendship and working together," Klimkin said.

Earlier it was reported that Pavlo Klimkin laid flowers near the building of the Great National Assembly of Turkey, which in July 2016 was bombed during an attempted coup. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine was accompanied by the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for Crimean Tatar People Affairs, People's Deputy Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Andrii Sybiha and others.

March 30, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister also met with Turkish parliamentarians. The meeting was attended by the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Presidential Commissioner  of Ukraine on Crimean Tatar People's Affairs, People's Deputy Mustafa Dzhemilev, Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy Emine Dzhaparova and others.

It was the second day of the working visit of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to Turkey

QHA