Turkey condemns Russia's illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory

1 October 2022, 03:19 PM
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo:REUTERS/Marko Djurica)

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo:REUTERS/Marko Djurica)

Turkey refuses to recognize Russia’s sham “annexation referendums” in the occupied parts of Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Oct. 1.

The ministry emphasized that Ankara did not recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea during the illegitimate "referendum" held in 2014 and that it has consistently expressed unwavering support for Ukraine's territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty.

"In accordance with our position in 2014, we reject Russia's decision to annex the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya," the ministry said in its statement.

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The ministry said Turkey cannot accept Russia's action, which is a flagrant violation of the principles of international law.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin signed "agreements" on Sept. 30 on annexing Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory with the proxy leaders from sham republics the Kremlin set up in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, as well as collaborators from Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts.

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