November 23, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti (Crimea) informed about the Turkish delegation consisting of politicians and businessmen who came to the territory of the illegally occupied Crimea, allegedly representing the interests of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
However, in his commentary to QHA news agency, the Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Turkey in Ukraine Ozgyun Talu said that the Turkish delegation did not include representatives of the official authorities of Turkey:
“The Turkish government can not track the location and pastime of each Turkish businessman. But yesterday, a group of businessmen held a series of meetings in Moscow. As far as we know, they did not have the intention to visit Crimea.
Yesterday our ambassador to Russia reminded them of the official position of Turkey, the risks of economic cooperation with Crimea and the consequences of such a visit. This delegation does not include Turkish officials. Now we try to find out who exactly are those citizens.”
The Turkish media do not confirm that the delegation included Advisor to Erdogan Mehmet Mutlu and that the delegation represents the Republic of Turkey officially.
It is worth mentioning that Ukraine introduces sanctions against foreigners who come into cooperation with the so-called Crimean authorities, thereby recognizing their legitimacy. Thus, the Ukrainian authorities have opened a criminal case against the French parliamentarians who visited the annexed peninsula. The current Turkish delegation could get into the same situation.
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly stated the principled position regarding territorial integrity of Ukraine, protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatars in the illegally occupied territory of Crimea and the non-recognition of the Russian parliamentary elections results in the occupied peninsula.