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Turkish Foreign Ministry said Friday that it does not recognize the results of Russia’s parliamentary elections recently held in Crimea.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Eylül 2016, 13:08
"The results of the elections in Crimea are not legitimate for us," spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a statement, adding Turkey would continue to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine including Crimea.
Elections to the State Duma, Russia’s 450-seat lower house of parliament, took place on Sep. 18.
Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in March 2014 following a contested referendum. Since then, the region’s Tatar community has regularly denounced increasing repression including arbitrary arrests and detentions.