Energy ties and the fate of Crimean Tatars will top the agenda when Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets his Ukrainian counterpart in Kiev on Friday, Reuters reports.
"Our brothers, who in the past suffered mass deportations, were able to return to their homelands after many years. Unfortunately they ... have been seriously impacted by (recent) developments there," Erdogan told reporters.
"Turkey is closely following the situation of our brothers,"- he said before leaving for his meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, describing pressure on Crimean Tatar community leaders as "unacceptable".
Erdogan’s visit to Kyiv comes days after he spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, discussing energy deals and the Ukraine crisis.
Russian gas exporter Gazprom said in January it planned to build an undersea gas pipeline via the Turkish-Greek border -- a project informally known as "Turkish Stream" -- as it seeks to supply Europe while by-passing Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials are likely to be looking for assurances from Erdogan and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz during their trip that those ties will not harm Ukrainian interests.