Turkey won’t recognize Crimea’s annexation by Russia: FM

Turkey has not and will not recognize the illegal occupation of Crimea by Russia and will support Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the Turkish foreign minister has said while attending the annual Crimean Platform meeting held by Ukraine in Kyiv.

“We have not recognized, and we keep underlining that we will not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters in Kyiv….

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“…We are voicing our support for the territorial integrity of Crimea and Ukraine with other allied [NATO] countries that endorse Ukraine.”

He also expressed his hope that the Crimea Platform would play an important role in the protection of the rights of Crimean Tatars and Ukraine’s territorial integrity….

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Turkey supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity: FM Çavuşoğlu

Turkey has never recognized the illegal occupation of Crimea and will not recognize it, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated Monday, underlining that Ankara supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity. He also called on the international community to act as one against the annexation of Crimea.

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Stating that there are excellent bilateral relations between Turkey and Ukraine, Çavuşoğlu said: “We are working hard to further develop our relations in different fields. I will come to Ukraine again in October to hold the Joint Strategic Planning Meeting with my dear friend (Foreign Minister) Dmytro Kuleba.”