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 Turkey sees Crimea as integral part of Ukraine, - Turkish PM Davutoglu

For Turkey, Crimea is an integral part of Ukraine.

Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said during a conference in Kyiv, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"Ukraine's territorial integrity and independence is a fundamental value for us, therefore we perceive Crimea as an integral part of Ukraine, and we fully support Ukraine in the face of the challenges encountered after the collapse of the Soviet Union," he said.

Read more: Poroshenko urged EU to protect Crimean Tatars

Previously, Commissioner of the President on the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev said that Turkey might join "Geneva plus" format of talks in the case of its creation. In addition, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin considers it necessary to involve Turkey in the said format.

As previously reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on the establishment of service for the de-occupation of Crimea. The president also stated that the optimal format for the start of de-occupation might be "Geneva plus" format with the participation of partners from the EU, the United States, and possibly the signatory countries to the Budapest Memorandum.

The European Parliament resolution on the human rights situation in Crimea, in particular of the Crimean Tatars, notes that the EP "welcomes the Ukrainian initiative to establish an international negotiation mechanism on the reestablishment of Ukrainian sovereignty over Crimea in the "Geneva plus" format."
 
 
 
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