Protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatars is a priority for Turkey, said foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during his visit to Ukraine, reports RIA “Novosti”.

“We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Among our priorities is the Crimean Tatars, the protection of their identity, protection from aggression. We will continue close contacts with the representatives of the Crimean Tatars on the issue and we will put him on the international arena”, – Cavusoglu said at a press conference in Kiev.

We will note, in November last year it was reported that the Prosecutor of the Hague Tribunal equated the situation in Crimea, the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Including in the Hague indicated that the application of Russian legislation in the Crimea the Crimean Tatars and other Muslims of the Peninsula “was subjected to harassment or bullying, including a number of measures such as a ban on entry into the territory [of Crimea], house searches, and restrictions of freedom of speech, of Assembly and of Association”.

The Turkish foreign Minister called Crimea a part of Ukraine and attended to the protection of the rights of Crimean Tatars 10.02.2017

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