As reported by Censor.NET citing Anadolu, the Foreign Ministry of Turkey said Friday that it did not recognize the results of Russia's parliamentary elections recently held in Crimea.
"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.
Related materials: Occupied territories - Crimea and Donbas
"No more occupation! Russia wrestles away what we earned in Ukraine!" - Sevastopol entrepreneurs complain about pressure on business in Crimea. PHOTOS(0)
“No parallel could be made between Catalonia and Donbas. It’s not separatism that we have but real Russian aggression,” - Ukraine's FM Klimkin(0)