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Turkey has condemned the Ukrainian breakaway region of Crimea over its refusal to allow the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev to enter the peninsula, Anadolu Agency reports.

A statement from the Foreign Ministry also expressed Turkey’s concerns over the recent investigation launched by a Russia-appointed prosecutor against Mejlis citing “illegal mass activities” by Crimean Tatars. 

The statement said the Crimean Tatar Assembly was fully entitled to represent the Crimean Tatar community, according to a decision made by Ukraine’s Parliament on March 20.     

“We expect the legitimate representative body of the Crimean Tatars to get the respect it deserves,” it said. 

On May 3, Mustafa Jemilev was denied entry to Crimean peninsula, a day after he was barred from entering Russia.