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Ambassador of Ukraine Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky’s Visit
Upon an meeting request by the Ambassador of Ukraine Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky and the accompanying Attaché (cultural Affairs, interregional cooperation) Ms. Tatyana Tereshchenko, the research institute “Strategic Outlook” arranged a seminar in Konya, and Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky and Ms. Tatyana Tereshchenko visited Selcuk University on Thursday 19/12/2013.
Mr. Sergiy Korsunsky has held the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Turkey since July 2008. Immediately prior to his present tenure, HE Dr. Korsunsky served as Director-General of the Department for Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2006-2008); from 2000 until 2006, he served as Counselor & Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Ukraine to the United States of America.
The visit started off by a round table discussion consisted of the representatives of Strategic Outlook, academicians and administrative staff from Selcuk University. Before Mr. Sergiy Korsunsky’s frankly speech, a number of presentations regarding the bilateral relations emphasizing on the deep-rooted friendship of two countries. 
Dr. Korsunsky stated, “There has been a long-lasting relationship between two countries dating back to 1650’s with the agreement signed in Kossak. Although there has been wars and peace in our history, the important thing is that two-sided agreements and dialog between religions have been existed thought our relationship. This is why Turkey is not strange to us”.
He continued his speech by giving some information about the country overall. “The capital city of Ukrain, Kiev, established in the VIth century, is such an example of multicultural city that has synagogue, church, and mosque next to each other with a high volume of respect and tolerance. We pay tremendous attention on treating people equally.”
He also mentioned what the Ukraine’s situation was like with the communist regime in Soviet Union times from its inception in 1922 to its breakup in 1991. “Our economy was destroyed, about 30 million people half of our population was killed. The country was divided into two parts. Russian was the language on the one-half and Ukrainian on the other. After all those hard times, we survived. And Turkey was the first country recognizing us. Because of this we are always thankful to Turkey.” 
In the final part of the first round, he evaluated the current situation in Turkey. “It is such an important country that all eyes in the world on Turkey. Turkey must be a magician to have zero problems with its neighbors. Because, all the neighboring countries have severe economic and political problems” At the end he gave an important message that “No matter what the media says, the countries with the long history and culture like Ukraine and Turkey will always survive.”
Ömer Kavrar, Contributor of Strategic Outlook, Specialist of Erasmus Programme
9.01.2014 - Hit : 2013

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