Turkey supports stabilization of situation in Ukraine

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Ganja, Azerbaijan, Feb. 19

By Emil Huseynov - Trend:

Ankara supports stabilization of the situation in Ukraine, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Feb. 19.

The minister made the remarks at a press conference at the third meeting of Azerbaijani, Georgian and Turkish foreign ministers in Ganja.

He said Ankara is closely following the developments taking place in Ukraine.

"The stability in Ukraine is very important for the region," Davutoglu said.

Unrest in Ukrainian capital of Kiev resumed on February 18, on the day of the Ukrainian parliament's meeting, during which the opposition demanded the restoration of the 2004 Constitution.

Radicals broke into a building in Kiev's centre, burned tyres and threw stones at cars and police officers.

Ukrainian police said the opposition used firearms for the first time. Doctors said that in total, 351 people requested medical care, 241 riot participants were hospitalized, and 25 people were killed.

Among the dead are 10 police officers. Over 70 law enforcement officers were shot and wounded during clashes with radicals.

Mass protests in Ukraine began on November 21, 2013, when the government announced the suspension of the preparation of an Association Agreement with the EU.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by S.M.

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