Turkey ‘closely following’ arrest of senior Crimean Tatar figure

In response to Russia’s latest attempt of repression against Crimean Tatars, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday that Ankara is closely following the detention of the Crimean Tatar National Assembly’s deputy chairman by Russian forces with “concern.”

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The Crimean Platform is a new consultative and coordination format initiated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the rapid de-occupation of Crimea and to increase pressure on Russia.

Turkey was among the first countries to voice support for the Crimean Platform that was held on Aug. 23.

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

Turkey, along with the rest of NATO, criticized Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and voiced support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity as Kyiv’s forces battle pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.