MOSCOW: Crimea is gradually becoming a bone of contention between Russia and Turkey. On Friday Kremlin spokesperson remarked that, Russia will continue to explain its position on Crimea to Turkey in a patient and steady manner, this issue remains a source of serious differences between both states.
Peskov categorically stated that, “Crimea is an issue that causes serious differences, we are of completely opposite opinions.”
While emphasizing on the matter, he commented that “We will continue to explain our steady position on Crimea to our Turkish vis-a-vis.” “We are explaining our position to our Turkish friends, and we will continue to do so in a patient and steady manner,” Peskov added.
While talking to the local media, Kremlin spokesperson was also of the view that reviewing the political status of Crimea “cannot be discussed in any way.”
In addition to this, Kremlin spokesperson Peskov also remarked that the relations between Russia and Turkey are important to both states from the viewpoint of regional security and stability. While emphasizing he commented that, “These relations are of a mutually beneficial nature, and they are based on the principles of non-interference in each other’s domestic affairs and on the respect for each other’s interests.”
Peeking into the backdrop, on December 2 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave a statement on the outcomes of the talks with his Ukrainian colleague Dmitry Kuleba in Ankara that Turkey welcomes Kiev’s initiative to create the so-called Crimea platform to negotiate matters related to the peninsula.
Formerly, the Ukrainian government informed of this initiative. The aim of this initiative is to return Crimea to Ukraine and defend the rights of its local population, which, according to Kiev, are being persecuted.
On the other side, in October this year Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed that he does not recognize Crimea as part of Russia.
Russian side defends the inclusion of Crimea into Russia over the coup d’etat in Ukraine in February 2014, Crimea and Sevastopol officials held a referendum, in which 96.7% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
Eighty percent of the voting population participated in the referendum.
On March 18 2014, the Russian president signed the reunification deal on which was ratified by the Federation Council (upper house of the Russian parliament) on March 21.
Regardless of the results of the referendum, Kiev, along with various principally Western countries has refused to recognize Crimea as a part of Russia.