ODESA (QHA) -

In Odessa, after the restoration, the Potemkin Stairs and the Istanbul Park located next to it were opened. The solemn event was attended by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas.

“Since the proclamation of our independence, we [with Turkey] have had friendly and good-neighborly relations. Over time, they grew into strategic ones. And we are working to deepen this partnership," said the President of Ukraine at the opening ceremony of the park.

The opening of the Istanbul park was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of twin-city relations between Odesa and Istanbul.

The military-ethnic brass band of the Republic of Turkey Mehter took part in the celebrations.

“Odessa and Istanbul, two cities - the gateway to the world. The opening of the Istanbul park is the beginning of cooperation," Poroshenko said.

Note that on the opening day of the restored objects, activists of the public organization "Kalina" held a rally in Odesa against "legalization of illegal construction works on the Potemkin Stairs".

According to activists, unauthorized construction works conducted by the Odesa City Council actually resulted in damage to the cultural heritage and prevented the inclusion of the Potemkin Staircase in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

QHA