Turkey will not recognize annexation of Crimea: Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Crimean Tatar leader and member of Ukraine’s parliament Mustafa Abdülcemil Kırımoğlu attended the iftar dinner, organized by the Ankara-based Crimean Tatar Turks Culture and Beneficial Association.
“We did not recognize the annexation of Crimea, we will not recognize it,” added Çavuşoğlu.
In March 2014, Russia annexed Crimea after a controversial referendum, which drew the ire of the international community as Russian soldiers occupied the region during the voting process.
There is a small fraction of Tatars, a Turkic ethnic group, living in Crimea. According to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, there are 280,000 Crimean Tatars in Crimea, which constitutes close to 13 percent of the total population.