July 4, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars, the People's Deputy, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, in the Presidential residence.
A little later, Mr. Dzhemilev told a QHA correspondent about his one-day visit to Turkey and what he managed to discuss with Erdogan behind closed doors:
“We had a goal: to meet with all ambassadors of European states. But regarding their summer program, this is quite a difficult thing to do. During my visit, I managed to talk about the current situation in the Crimea in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.
At lunch, I went live on the Turkish state television channel TRT, where I became a guest of Erden Karaoglu. There I also managed to tell everyone who is interested in the peninsula, about the situation in Crimea.
The meeting with Turkish President Erdogan was held in a rather warm and friendly atmosphere. It lasted about an hour. We talked about our problems, touched upon the fact that Ukrainian-Turkish relations need to be improved. We discussed with the Turkish leader some of the problems of our fellow citizens who were forced to leave the Crimea (for example, the issue of housing), as well as the situation of our compatriots in Russian prisons.”
“Soon, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with Putin at the G20 summit, and I conveyed everything I would like to say about the Crimea to the Turkish leader. First of all, this is the freedom of our imprisoned compatriots, this is a lifting of the ban for me and Refat Chubarov to enter the Crimea and so on. Once Putin told Erdogan: "I reached out to Mustafa, but he did not accept it." But we can talk to him only when he leaves the Crimea.
In Kyiv, we have plans to build mosques and housing. I still have to meet with the Head of the Kyiv Administration. If this issue is resolved before Mr. Erdogan's visit to Kyiv, we will hold a solemn opening along with him.
It was very important for us to hear Erdogan saying: "We have not recognized and will never recognize the occupation of the Crimea. Our main principle is to protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine until the very end."
Earlier, within the framework of his visit Mustafa-aga also met with ambassadors of Ukraine and Poland in Turkey. One of the main topics of discussion was the issue of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea.