Turkey condemns “referendums” in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine

“The international community will not recognize such an illegal fait accompli,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Turkey has never recognized the Kremlin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which took place in 2014.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoganusing its open relations with both Moscow and Kyiv, is trying to open direct negotiations for a cease-fire.

However, plans by Moscow-imposed authorities to hold annexation referendums on the occupied territories of Ukraine and the Kremlin’s decision to announce partial mobilization mean that an even more violent phase of the war could begin.

The authorities imposed by Moscow on the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia announced that they intend to hold annexation referendums on joining Russia on September 23-27. Western countries condemned these intentions.

On Tuesday in the United Nations RT Erdogan told world leaders that Moscow and Kyiv needed help to find a “dignified way out” of the crisis.

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