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Turkey says rejects annexation of Crimea.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Foreign Minister MevlE-t EcavuE-oy-lu has said Turkey has spoken out against Russia's annexation of Crimea in international platforms and will not recognize Russia's move.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, EcavuE-oy-lu recalled a report written by Turkish observers on human rights issues in Crimea in April 2015 and said Turkey has continuously spoken out against the Russian annexation.

The report reveals significant rights abuses against Tatars, who the Turkish observer group said face steep challenges maintaining their cultural identity since Moscow annexed the tiny peninsula in February 2014.

Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Utku EcakyrE[micro]zer asked EcavuE-oy-lu why Turkey did not follow suit after Europe applied economic sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.

EcavuE-oy-lu responded by saying that Turkey does not, on principle, impose economic sanctions, highlighting that Turkey did not even respond in kind to Russian economic sanctions on Turkey after the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey in late November. He added that Turkey maintained its attitude despite EU and NATO pressure on Turkey to impose sanctions on Russia.

EcavuE-oy-lu maintained that Turkey contributed to addressing the crisis between Russia and Ukraine through mediation efforts.

[Cihan/Today's Zaman] CyHAN

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Date:Feb 11, 2016
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