Turkey’s refusal to recognize the Crimean Peninsula as Russian became the main obstacle on the way towards maintaining a good partnership between the two countries, RT reports.
After Turkey made a decision to support Ukraine’s claims over the status of Crimea, the country sent its top diplomat to Kiev, thus showing that it’s taken the Ukrainian side. On this matter, the Russian President’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, expressed his concern stressing that Turkish Foreign Minister’s, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, participation in the ‘Crimean Summit’ devoted to the issue of forcing Crimeans to return to Ukraine, shows that there is a disagreement now between Russia and Turkey.
“Russian-Turkish relations as a whole are about partnership, not only in name but genuinely based on a real and solid foundation of trade, economic, and investment activity. But this does not mean that this relationship is free from significant disagreements […]. The Crimean topic is the area of significant disagreement. We do not accept the position of our Turkish colleagues and we consider it absolutely wrong,” Peskov said.
Launching the ‘Crimean Platform’ this Monday, Ukrainian President, Vladimir Zelensky, said that the day would be remembered as “the start of the de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol”. He called the event “the countdown to the liberation of the peninsula” and added that foreign pressure will “force Russia to sit down at the negotiating table”.
However, at the same time, Zelensky expressed frustration at the lack of top-tier diplomatic representation from countries that nominally support Kiev’s claims. The Baltic nations, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Moldova announced they would be sending their presidents, but most other European nations dispatched foreign ministers instead.
“Many leaders are very afraid. You know all the leaders who support Ukraine […] But for the ‘Crimean Platform’, we invited these leaders to attend. And so you can see they are afraid, they are afraid of Russia […] This must be recognized,” he claimed.