Turkey repeats no recognition of annexation of Crimea

In an official state visit, Turkey on Monday again underlined that it does not recognize Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

Turkey’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity will continue, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a joint news conference alongside his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

Turkey is “closely” monitoring the situation of Crimea’s Tatar Turks and will continue supporting them with Ukrainian authorities, he added.

Addressing reporters, Zelensky said his country is grateful to get assistance from Turkish partners thanks to military and financial cooperation between the two countries.

On exchanges of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine, Ukraine sought Turkey’s support on the release of Ukrainian citizens including Crimean Tatars in Russian prisons, Zelensky added.

The Tatars have faced persecution since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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