Russia regrets Turkey’s refusal to recognize the results of the State Duma elections in Crimea and hopes that the country’s position on this issue will change, as stated by the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Lenta reports.
“We do not accept such statements, and we openly say this to our Turkish colleagues. The topic of Crimea is a topic on which our positions differ diametrically,” Peskov said.
Turkey’s refusal to recognize the legality of the Russian State Duma elections held in Crimea became known earlier on September 21. The country’s Foreign Ministry said that Ankara continues to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and “does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea”. However, Peskov noted that Turkey is a partner of Russia and disagreements on some issues should not become an obstacle to bilateral relations in general. Though, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, has a different point of view and stressed that Moscow will not ignore the statement of the Turkish authorities, as such decisions anyway affect bilateral relations.
It should be reminded that this year, the voting in the elections of deputies of the State Duma of the VIII convocation was being held within three days (on September 17, 18, and 19), together with the election of regional and local authorities of the subjects of the Russian Federation. Simultaneously, direct elections of the heads of nine subjects of the country and 39 regional parliaments, municipal elections, and referendums are held.
Despite the tension that appeared between the two countries, they are still discussing new volumes of supplies, RT reports. According to the Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, Alparslan Bayraktar, Turkey expects to conclude a long-term agreement on gas transit with Russia in the near future (the priority is given to pipeline gas). It is specified by the Russian ‘Gazprom’ company that natural gas deliveries from Russia to Turkey in the first half of 2021 jumped threefold to 14.623 billion cubic metres.