Turkey does not recognize Russian elections in Crimea Russia's recent parliamentary elections in occupied Crimea not legitimate, foreign ministry says

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish Foreign Ministry said Friday that it does not recognise the results of Russia’s parliamentary elections recently held in Crimea.

“The results of the elections in Crimea are not legitimate for us,” spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a statement, adding Turkey would continue to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine including Crimea.

Elections to the State Duma, Russia’s 450-seat lower house of parliament, took place on Sep. 18.

Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in March 2014 following a contested referendum. Since then, the region’s Tatar community has regularly denounced increasing repression including arbitrary arrests and detentions.

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