The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a Press-release № 217 on September 19, 2020, related to the conviction in Russia (Rostov-on-Don) the group of Ukrainian citizens, Crimean Tatars, de-facto for their religious views and for not recognizing by them the attempt to annex Crimea by Russia.

Turkey described in this Press-release the sentencing of seven Crimean Tatars on September 16 as the example of tightening the intimidation policy against the Crimean Tatars by Russian authorities. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has expressed its regret over the oppression by such methods the Crimean Tatar community, as the key component of Crimea.

The Press-release emphasizes the non-recognition by the Republic of Turkey the illegal annexation of Crimea and emphasizes the further protection of the Crimean Tatars` rights by peaceful and democratic actions to make their voice to be heard.