Turkish FM says referendum in Crimea can cause “domino effect”

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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 17

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The referendum held in Crimea on March 16 can cause a "domino effect" in the region, Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu said, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported.

There are conflicts in the region which began in 1990s and then turned into frozen conflicts, according to the Turkish foreign minister.

In any case, Ankara does not recognize the results of the referendum in the Crimea, Davutoglu said.

Turkey urges Russia to respect the territorial integrity of neighboring countries, Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu said earlier.

Moscow pursues a self-willed policy in the region, according to Turkey's foreign minister.

Regarding the results of the referendum held in Crimea on March 16, Davutoglu said that it is unacceptable to promote similar actions in the region.

The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.

With the exception of Russia most countries refused to recognize the referendum and its results.

A change of power took place in Ukraine on Feb.22.

The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution and scheduled presidential elections for May 25. Yanukovych said that he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and he remains the legally elected head of state. A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Rada and decided on possibility of holding a referendum on the future fate of the regions.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by C.N.

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