Russia didn’t fulfill promises regarding Crimean Tatars - Turkish FM
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.14
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Russia didn't fulfill promises made regarding the Crimean Tatars, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu in an interview with Turkish Anadolu agnecy.
Russia promised Ankara to give the Tatar language status of the state language, but didn't fulfill the promise, Cavusoglu said.
He said that Russia also promised that the Crimean Tatars would be represented in the government, but that has not happened either.
It was reported that such a promise was given by the Russian president during his visit to Ankara December 1, 2014.
The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.
Russia and Crimea signed an agreement on March 18 on Crimea as well as Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation.
A change of government happened in Ukraine, February 22, 2014.
Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's Parliament) removed President Viktor Yanukovych from his post, changed the constitution and appointed a presidential election. Yanukovych said that he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and remains a justly elected head of state.
A number of areas in eastern and southern Ukraine and the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada and decided to hold referendums to decide on the future of the regions of the country.
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