Baku, Azerbaijan, May 13
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey doesn't accept the annexation of Crimea to Russia, said Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
He made the remarks at a meeting of the foreign ministers of the NATO member states in Antalya, TRT Haber news channel reported May 13.
Davutoglu said the developments in Ukraine clearly show how vulnerable Europe's stability is.
Earlier, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara would send a delegation to the Crimea for a comprehensive study of the situation of the Crimean Tatars.
He also previously said Russia didn't fulfil its promises about the Crimean Tatars.
"Russia promised Ankara to give the Tatar language the status of the state language [in Crimea], but has not fulfilled the promises," Cavusoglu said.
He added that Russia also promised that the Crimean Tatars will be represented in the government agencies, but this did not happen either.
These promises were given by the Russian president during his visit to Ankara on Dec. 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. Most of the countries stated that they don't recognize the referendum results.
On March 18, an agreement was signed in Moscow on including the Crimea to Russia.
A change of government took place in Ukraine, February 22, 2014.
Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, 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.
Edited by SI
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