02:03 GMT12 August 2020
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    ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended greeting Ukrainian guards of honour with "Glory to Ukraine!" words, a recently adopted national salute that also became part of the lexicon of Ukrainian nationalists in the 1920s.

    "It is an official greeting in Ukraine. Is Ukraine not a free country? Every president who comes to Ukraine for an official visit uses this greeting", Erdogan was quoted by Turkey's Sabah daily as telling the travelling press pool on the plane.

    The president used this slogan as he was passing the guards at a welcoming ceremony in Kiev, where he arrived to have talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, on 3 February.

    Earlier in the day, Natalia Poklonskaya, a senior Russian lawmaker, stated that she believed the Turkish president did not know about wartime atrocities committed by those who used the "Glory to Ukraine!" slogan but added she would explain it to him if they ever met.

    The salute was originally used by a Ukrainian nationalist paramilitary group formed during World War II.

    Knocked out Soviet tank with enemy markers, including a nationalist Ukrainian call-sign 'Hail Hitler, Glory to Ukraine'
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    Knocked out Soviet tank with enemy markers, including a nationalist Ukrainian call-sign 'Hail Hitler, Glory to Ukraine'

    It was adopted as an official greeting by the Ukrainian armed forces and police in 2018.

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    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, nationalism, salute, Turkey, Ukraine
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