Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had meetings with Crimean officials in Simferopol on Thursday.
Davutoglu had talks with Crimean Prime Minister Vasily Dzharty, Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Konstantinov and Mustafa Cemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar national movement.
After these meetings, Davutoglu told a news conference that Turkey attached a great importance to Crimea, an important door opening to Ukraine. "We are the two countries on the coast of Black Sea and we are determined to link these two countries via Black Sea," he said.
Davutoglu said they discussed ferry services between Turkey's Black Sea port city of Sinop and Yalta with Crimean officials.
"We consider Ukrainian people living in Crimea as our friends and neighbors. We see Crimean Tatars as a bridge of friendship between Ukraine and Turkey as well as between Crimea and Anatolia," Davutoglu said. Turkey would keep assisting Crimea, he said.
Davutoglu said Crimean Tatars' tranquility, peace and prosperity would also contribute to Ukraine. Turkey is ready to make any kind of contributions regarding this matter, he said.
Davutoglu said he held fruitful talks in Ukraine and Crimea and important decisions have been made in these meetings.
The first joint committee meeting between Turkey and Ukraine would be held during Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Kiev in the coming months, he said.
Talks on a free trade agreement would begin between the two countries, he added.