Ukraine has requested an official explanation from Turkey regarding the visit of representatives of the Russian occupation administration in Yalta to Istanbul, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko said on Facebook.

The Foreign Ministry learned that the Russian occupiers took part in a meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments international organization, where they discussed the possibility of establishing twinning relations between Yalta and the Beylikdüzü Municipal District of the Istanbul Province.

“We take this situation with extreme seriousness. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has already requested official explanations from the Turkish side regarding the status of the visit of representatives of the Russian occupation administration,” Nikolenko wrote.


Nikolenko said that under the norms of international law, the Crimean Peninsula is part of the territory of Ukraine and only temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.

UN General Assembly resolutions require all parties to refrain from actions that may cast doubt on the status of Crimea, which Ukraine said applies to contacts with occupation administrations.

“We expect that the Turkish authorities, which support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, will properly respond to the Russian provocation and prevent its repetition in the future,” Nikolenko wrote.

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