Turkey declares Russian elections in occupied Crimea 'invalid'

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Canan Kevser
25 September 2021, 10:16
Canan Kevser
25 September 2021, 10:16

Turkey dismissed the Russian parliamentary elections held in occupied Crimea, reiterated support for Ukraine.

This is according to a statement by Tanju Bilgiç, the spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, published on Monday.

"Turkey maintains its support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and does not recognize the unlawful annexation of Crimea," the statement wrote.

In this context, Bilgiç said, the State Duma elections held in Crimea on Sept. 17-19 have "no legal validity for Turkey."

The Ukrainian administration also objects to Russia's elections in Crimea on the grounds that it violates international law.

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine said that holding of Russian Duma elections in occupied Crimea, the Ukrainian territory, breaches international law. Thus, the results will be null and void, according to Ukraine.