The Kremlin responded to Erdogan's statements on the accession of Crimea to Russia

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the Kremlin does not agree with the statements of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Crimea and on the situation with the Crimean Tatars. This was stated press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

“We have repeatedly spoken about the groundlessness of any fears of the Crimean Tatars”, – quotes “the” in the words Peskov.

moreover, the press Secretary of the Russian leader reminded that the head of Turkey has a valid invitation from the President of the Russian Federation to visit the Crimea, adding that Erdogan may at any time to come to Crimea to study the question on the rights of the Crimean Tatars.

Earlier, Erdogan said that Ankara does not recognize the legitimacy of the transition of the Crimea under jurisdiction of Russia. He noted that Turkey continues to closely monitor the Crimean Tatars, noting that the Turkish authorities and the Ukraine care about this issue.

in the Summer of 2019, Erdogan said that Turkey “is not recognized and does not recognize the annexation of Crimea” and will continue to protect the rights of the Crimean Tatars. In turn, the head of the Turkish party Vatan (“homeland”), Dogu Perincek called on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to recognize the Russian Crimea, as Moscow remains an important strategic partner of Istanbul.

Crimea reunited with Russia in March 2014 following a referendum, which, as repeatedly indicated Moscow’s compliance with international standards, so the question of the status of the Peninsula is closed.

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