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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to exercise caution so that Crimean Tatars are not hurt from the crisis in Ukraine, Today's Zaman reported.

Erdogan reportedly told Putin that Turkey attaches much importance to Crimean Tatars' security as the crisis in Ukraine unfolds.

Turkish Premier also recalled that he hosted leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jamil in Ankara on Wednesday and highlighted the importance of dialogue between the parties.

The sides also discussed bilateral ties between the two Black Sea nations, including in the energy sector.

Crimean peninsula was annexed By Russian Federation folowing Crimean referendum March 16.

Crimean Tatars largely opposed Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.