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Erdogan channels his inner sultan with UNGA words on Crimea, but his Turkey is no Ottoman Empire

20 9 15

“We believe it is important to preserve Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, including the territory of Crimea, whose annexation we do not recognize,” Erdogan told the world leaders gathered in New York at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Later in the day, he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and accepted an invitation to visit Kiev.

Erdogan said something similar last year, too. However, this year’s UNGA remarks come just a week before he’s due to meet with Putin in Sochi. The summit, he reportedly said, would be of “great importance” and reach “an important decision on Turkey-Russia relations.”

The Turkish leader’s position on Crimea mirrors that of Kiev and NATO, which claim the region was illegally “annexed” by Russia in March 2014. Moscow maintains that the Crimeans freely and overwhelmingly voted in a referendum to secede from Ukraine – to which they had been forcibly attached by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev 60 years prior – and rejoin Russia, in response to the US-backed ‘Maidan’........

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