Putin commented on Erdogan's statements on non-recognition of Crimea
The positions of Russia and Turkey do not coincide on all issues, said President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the statements of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Ankara's non-recognition of the Russian status of Crimea. The Russian President added that Erdogan's position on Crimea is not important - the interests of our country are reliably protected.
The positions of Russia and Turkey do not coincide on all issues, including Crimea. This was stated by President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Wapday discussion club via video link, which is broadcast by the NTV channel on YouTube.
This is how Putin commented on the statements of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the non-recognition of the Russian status of Crimea. “As for Turkey's position on not recognizing Crimea as Russian - well, well, not everything coincides with us. The same is true for, say, the situation in the Transcaucasus, ”said the Russian leader.
The Russian President added that Erdogan's position on Crimea is not important - the interests of the Russian Federation are reliably protected.
On October 16, Erdogan at a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Turkey does not recognize the "illegal annexation" of Crimea by Russia, supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine. He added that he considers Ukraine a key country capable of ensuring Turkey's stability and security.
Crimea became part of Russia after the March 2014 referendum, in which the majority of the region's residents who voted supported such a decision. Ukraine and Western countries refused to recognize the results of the plebiscite.