For his part, Ankara deputy mayor Ahmet Tunc urged the international community to pay heed to Ukraine's "inhumane" water and electrical power blockade of Crimea. Ukrainian nationalist activists had knocked down power lines going to Crimea from Ukraine in October 2015, in an effort to cut the 2.2 million residents of the peninsula off from electricity supplies. Russia responded by building an energy bridge to the peninsula, making it completely independent from Ukraine-based supplies.
If it is confirmed that Ukrainian officials have opened a case against the Turkish officials and businessmen, this may have devastating consequences for Kiev's recent efforts to court Turkey. Last month, the Ukrainian and Turkish presidents had agreed to intensify negotiations on the creation of a free trade zone between the two countries.