The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkey does not recognize the annexation of Crimea, and the Russian powers have finally expressed their opinion on the issue.
Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Franz Klintsevich believes that the President of Turkey would not go further than "protocol" declarations in supporting Ukraine on the Crimean issue, however, in his opinion, such statements may adversely affect the Turkish-Russian relations.
“Words are not always just empty sounds. We got another confirmation: our friendship with Turkey has certain limits and is rather conventional.”
Klintsevich went on saying that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation "has paid attention" to Erdogan’s statement and "made the appropriate conclusions."
September 21, the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a private meeting in the framework of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. During the meeting, the Turkish leader assured his Ukrainian counterpart that the normalization of relations with Russia would in no way affect the principled position of Turkey on the illegal annexation of Crimea and the violation of the rights of the Crimean Tatars on the peninsula occupied by Russia.