(QHA) -

The leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jemilev  is paying a visit to Turkey to discuss the current situation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea.

Jemilev said Crimean Tatars are being "forced" to change their nationalities and "become Russian citizens" since Russia's annexation of Crimea.

"The occupiers are forcing us to become Russian citizens," – he said on Tuesday, following the meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Anadolu Agency reports.

Meanwhile Davutoglu has reiterated his concerns for Crimean Tatars saying that "Mustafa Jemilev should be able to enter the peninsula any time as the leader of Crimean Tatars living there for centuries."

"The presence of Crimean Tatars must be guaranteed on the peninsula and they should be able to live there as the real owners of Crimea preserving their political, economic and cultural rights" he added.

Jemilev came to Turkey accompanied with Crimean delegation, including head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, his deputy Aslan Omer Kirimli along with Mejlis members Ahtem Chiygoz and Rustem Umerov.

QHA