World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the latest developments in Ukraine in a phone call Thursday, according to the Turkish Prime Ministry.
The pair discussed their respective concerns over the fate of the peninsula’s Crimean Tatars as well as affirming that the international community will not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Crimea, after a controversial referendum March 16, agreed to be annexed by Russia, however, the indigenous Tatar population oppose this decision.
The leaders also praised recent "round table" dialogues aimed at finding a solution to the Ukrainian crisis as a step in the right direction and await the country’s presidential elections on May 25.
The German chancellor also offered her condolences for the lives lost in a mine tragedy in Soma, western Turkey, last week.
The two leaders also discussed Erdogan’s upcoming visit to Germany.Last Mod: 23 Mayıs 2014, 09:26