: RFE/RL: Erdogan tells Poroshenko Turkey won't recognize Crimea as Russian

13:28 Aug. 21, 2016

RFE/RL: Erdogan tells Poroshenko Turkey won't recognize Crimea as Russian

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shake hands after a joint news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo)

Turkish leader says his country will continue to support the Crimean Tatars 'in every possible way'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reassured his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that Ankara will continue to recognize the Crimean Peninsula, which was illegally annexed by Russia, as Ukrainian territory.

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The Ukrainian presidential press service said on August 20 that Erdogan told Poroshenko via telephone that Turkey has not changed its "unwavering position regarding its support of Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity in the country's internationally recognized borders."

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