Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alexei Chepa reacted to the statement of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the non-recognition of Crimea as Russian, RIA Novosti reports.
As previously reported, the Turkish leader made this statement after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Istanbul. According to him, Ankara supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.
During a conversation with correspondents of the agency, Chepa noted that such a position characterizes Erdogan as a reliable or unreliable partner for the Russian Federation.
“We understand who he is,” the parliamentarian said.
He also stressed that such statements do not in any way affect the fact that Crimea is part of Russia.
According to Chepa, this position is necessary for the Turkish leader in order to "raise his weight" in relations with the Russian side.
Note that on the eve of Ukraine and Turkey also signed a framework military agreement. The document will create a legal basis for expanding bilateral cooperation between the two countries.