Unofficial delegation from Turkey arrives in Crimea

25 March 2015 14:10

Unofficial delegation from Turkey arrived in Crimea, to monitor situation in the region, Crimea’s deputy Prime Minister Ruslan Balbek told Ria Novosti.

Meanwhile, Mejlis Advisor on Affairs with Turkey Ismet Yuksel told Crimean News Agency that the delegation is not that one, which Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had earlier told about.

To recall, Cavusoglu in November announced Turkey’s plans to send an unofficial delegation to Crimea to inspect the situation with the Crimean Tatars.

"We consider sending an unofficial delegation to Crimea to see how the locals live," he said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

He said that Turkey had repeatedly stated that it does not support Crimea’s joining Russia, but "people should not suffer because of this."

Cavusoglu said that in the Crimean question the Turkish authorities intended to work with the Kyiv authorities, "using their tips." He said that Turkey was constantly considering providing assistance to the Crimean Tatars, using the capabilities of the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency and Turkey's Department of Religious Affairs.