Turkey continues to perceive Crimea as an integral part of Ukraine, said Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at a news conference in Kiev.

“It is of fundamental importance to us that Ukraine remains territorially intact and independent, which is why we perceive Crimea as its integral part. And we have been standing by Ukraine in the face of the challenges that sprang up after the collapse of the Soviet Union,” said the Turkish Prime Minister.

It was reported earlier that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now in Ukraine at the invitation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk. Davutoglu is expected to meet Vladimir Groisman, Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, and Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of Crimean Tatars and Advisor to Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatar Affairs