The Kremlin commented on Turkey’s non-recognition of elections in Crimea

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The Kremlin regrets Turkey’s position that the elections to the State Duma in Crimea are not legitimate, said the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

“We do not accept such statements. And we openly talk about this to our Turkish colleagues. The topic of Crimea is a topic on which our positions diverge diametrically. We regret this position of Turkey. But we hope at the same time that over time, political will will be shown and Turkey will change its position, simply paying tribute to the truth and the real state of affairs, ”Peskov said.

At the same time, he stressed that Turkey is undoubtedly a partner of Russia, and the existing disagreements are not and should not be an obstacle to the development of bilateral relations. “This interaction should continue, because it is in the interests of you and me, in the interests of the Russian side, first of all, and also in the interests of the Turkish side. As for the points of disagreement, on these points we will continue to work with the Turkish side, explaining our position and counting on the fact that sooner or later we will be able to bring our positions closer, ”Peskov said.

According to him, the Russian side cannot change its position on Crimea in any way. “This is a situation that is beyond the scope of any possible discussions,” explained Peskov.

Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Ministry called the elections to the State Duma of Russia illegitimate in Crimea. The ministry said in a statement that “Turkey continues to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and considers the annexation of Crimea illegal.”

The elections in Russia were held from September 17 to 19. In addition to elections to the State Duma, Russian voters also elected the heads of nine constituent entities of the Russian Federation and 39 parliaments in the regions. According to their results, in Crimea and Sevastopol, United Russia received 63.33% and 48.26% of the votes, respectively, its candidates won in all single-mandate constituencies, Kommersant wrote.

Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014. This was preceded by a referendum on the status of the peninsula, as a result of which the overwhelming majority of the region’s residents voted for the transition to Russian jurisdiction.

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