Turkey has not and will not recognize the annexation of Crimea – it has been declared on international and bilateral platforms at all levels. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Ukraine Yağmur Ahmet Güldere said this in an exclusive interview with ukrinform.net.
“Our official stance on Crimea has been absolutely clear since 2014. We have not recognized the annexation and we will not do it. This was said on international and bilateral platforms at all levels,” the ambassador noted.
The diplomat recalled Ankara’s support for the initiative to create a Crimean Platform. “We are coordinating preparatory work with our colleagues in Ukraine. We also support Ukraine’s initiatives on other international arenas and platforms,” he said.
According to Yağmur Ahmet Güldere, Turkey condemns the searches and arrests of Crimean Tatars in Crimea and has repeatedly stated this at a Foreign Ministry level.