Disinfo: Turkey considers Crimea to be Turkish

Summary

For Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Crimea is neither Ukrainian nor Russian. For Erdogan, Crimea is Turkish.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea.

Turkey has repeatedly stated that it does not support the Russian annexation of Crimea and supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Turkey has no claims to the Ukrainian peninsula, however, the Turkish leadership has repeatedly helped the Crimean Tatars, whose rights Russia is massively violating in the temporarily occupied Crimea. 

"It continues to be a priority for Turkey that Crimean Tatars, as a constituent people of Crimea, continue to live in wellbeing and security in their historical homeland, protect their cultural identity, and that their suffering resulting from the occupation is brought to an end," said the Turkish Foreign Ministry in an address commemorating the sixth anniversary of the illegal occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula. Turkey supports "the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, a strategic partner of Turkey," the statement said.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Turkey, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Crimean Tatars, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Crimea

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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