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Posted by: Eliza Mihalache

News / International

22 Sep. 2022 / 11:33

Turkey condemns Russian referendums in Ukraine

Turkey on Wednesday condemned Russia's "illegitimate" annexation referendums in four regions under its control in Ukraine.

"Such illegitimate acts will not be recognized by the international community," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Turkey has never recognized Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, which took place in the early months of a heated conflict that erupted in 2014 and culminated in Russia's intervention in Ukraine on February 24.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has relations with Kiev and Moscow, tried to open discussions and reach a truce, so far without success.

But Russia's decision to soon organize referendums on the annexation of the conquered territories and to partially mobilize the reservists marks an aggravation of the conflict.

On Tuesday, President Erdogan told world leaders gathered at the UN in New York that Moscow and Kiev need help to find a "dignified solution" to the crisis.

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