Crimea should be key element in Zelensky’s foreign policy - Turkish MP

02 May 2019, 15:42
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The issue of Crimea should be the key element in the foreign policy of the elected president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

A Member of the Turkish parliament Utku Çakırözer, who participated in the meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, made a corresponding statement in an interview with QHA media.

According to him, Zelensky should continue the policy of Petro Poroshenko, who was giving priority to the topic of Russian annexation and human rights violations on the peninsula for 5 years.

“Assuming his responsibilities, Zelensky must make the protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatars a priority of his policy,” Çakırözer said.

For Turkey, according to the MP, the developments in Crimea are very important.

Regardless of political views, the situation in Crimea is unacceptable for everyone in Turkey. For us, the issue of Crimea is as important as the situation in Cyprus, in Palestine. Violation of civil liberties on the peninsula must be brought to an end, and the annexation of the Crimea, as stated in UN resolutions, must cease, – he said.

Utku Çakırözer further noted that in the city of Eskisehir, from where he was elected to the Turkish parliament, memorable events will be held on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people.

According to him, Eskisehir became home to more than 100 thousand Crimean Tatars, who left the Crimea during the Russian invasion in the 18th century, and after the annexation of the Crimea in 2014.

Every year on May 18 memorable events are held in the city in which representatives of various political parties, MPs, representatives of the city Mayor’s Office take part. It will be the same this year and we will try to have even more people participating in them.

Earlier, at a session of the Turkish parliament Çakırözer called on the government to join the anti-Russian sanctions imposed against the Kremlin for the annexation of the Crimea.