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Zelenskiy, Erdogan Meet In Push To Boost Trade Between Turkey, Ukraine

By RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service February 03, 2020

KYIV -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has met with his Turkish counterpart in Kyiv for talks expected to focus on trade.

Meeting at the presidential Mariyinskiy Palace, Zelenskiy and Recep Tayyip Erdogan were to discuss ways to "enhance strategic partnership and cooperation in all areas of interaction," according to the Ukrainian presidency.

The two leaders, who last met in Ankara in August, were also due to chair the eighth meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council and attend a Ukraine-Turkey business forum.

Zelenskiy, a former comedian, was swept to a landslide victory in an April 2019 presidential election on promises to root out entrenched corruption and improve Ukraine's struggling economy.

He has also set out to end a years-long conflict with Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that has claimed more than 13,000 lives since April 2014.

Erdogan, who has been strengthening ties with Russia in recent years, has adamantly opposed Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in March 2014, particularly speaking up for the rights of the Crimean Tatars, an ethnic Turkic minority.

Ukraine's Orthodox Church split from Russia last year, with Istanbul-based Patriarch Bartholomew I signing the decree.

With reporting by dpa

Source: zelenskiy-in-push-to-boost-trade-between -turkey-ukraine/30414090.html

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