(QHA) -

Russia failed to keep its promises to Crimean Tatars. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with Turkish Anadolu agency.

"Our good relations with Russia does not mean that we recognize the annexation of Crimea,"- he said

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in March, following a local referendum on region's status, which the U.S. and EU denounced as illegitimate.

Although Turkey is among the countries opposed to Crimea's unification with Russia, and one that defends the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Turkey did not implement the Western-led economic sanctions imposed on Russia.

The foreign minister also said that Turkey is making an effort at establishing dialogue between Kiev and Moscow. Russia is Turkey's largest trading partner after Germany, Cavusoglu pointed out.

QHA