Oct 17, 2020
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Pushkov responded to Turkey’s statement on non-recognition of Crimea

Senator Aleksey Pushkov commented on the statements of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Ankara supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and refuses to recognize Crimea "illegally annexed" by Russia.

Pushkov shared his opinion in his telegram channel. He noted that lately one can hear more and more often that the alliance between Russia and Turkey is something “without alternative”. At the same time, the Turkish leader, at a meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, put everything in its place.

Following the talks with Zelensky, Erdogan reiterated that he would not recognize the reunification of Crimea with Russia, calling it an annexation. And he promised, together with Ukraine, to "support the Crimean Tatars", - wrote Pushkov.

In his opinion, Erdogan voiced the long-known position of Turkey and the fact that he constantly voices it, speaks of the impossibility of an alliance between Turkey and Russia in principle.

He also noted that relations between Russia and Turkey and Ukraine and Turkey cannot be compared, although some are trying to do this, inflating the significance of Erdogan's meeting with Zelensky.

Ukraine is a dependent country with an unstable elite, which is valuable only for its geographical proximity to Russia and the ability to use it against Russia... - noted the senator.

He drew attention to the fact that Ukraine does not play any role where Turkey might be interested in it - in the Middle East, in the Mediterranean Sea, North Africa or in the Caucasus.

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