The head of a Turkish-European lobbying group supporting President Erdoğan and his AKP greeted Erdoğan when he arrived in Ukraine. According to the Union of International Democrats Facebook post:
On the occasion of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Ukraine programs, UID Chairman Köksal Kuş and Deputy Chairman Gen Ali Kılınç welcomed them at the Kiev airport.
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As GIOR has reported, Köksal Kuş has also been a member of the Gray Wolves, a Turkish ultranationalist movement.
The Union of International Democrats (UID; formerly known as the Union of European Turkish Democrats) describes itself as a voluntary NGO founded in 2004 that operates in several European countries. Its aims include increasing the economic, political, and social activities of Turks and “sister communities” abroad without alienating their identities and values as well as combatting Islamophobia. German media has described it as a lobbying group for President Erdoğan and his AKP that emphasizes Turkish values and customs. The German Office for the Protection of the Constitution monitors the UID, describing it as “nationalist” and incompatible with Germany’s free democratic order.
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