Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay stressed that “the Russian-Ukrainian war destroyed the cultural treasures in the region and not only killed civilians.”
This came in a speech on Wednesday during the awards ceremony of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism at the Presidential Complex in the capital, Ankara.
He described the devastation suffered by the region that embraced the first civilizations in history as “tragic,” noting that the crises in Syria and Iraq “killed innocents and destroyed many tangible and intangible cultural heritage.”
He said: “The Russian-Ukrainian war is a multifaceted human tragedy that destroyed the cultural treasures in the region and not only killed civilians, and we are doing everything we can to end this tragedy.”
He also noted that the Turkish government has provided nearly 42 million Turkish liras since 2005 to support the translation and publication of 3,495 works in 60 languages in 85 different countries.