Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov at a briefing on July 27 ruled out a deal between Turkey and Russia on the issue of mutual recognition of Northern Cyprus and Crimea. A Kremlin spokesman said it was impossible to use the regions of Russia as a subject of transactions.
Thus, Peskov reacted to the proposal of the professor of the Turkish University Maltepe Hasan Unal. The scientist expressed the opinion that Ankara could recognize Crimea if Moscow recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
“Firstly, it is unlikely that a respected professor from Turkey can embody the official point of view of Ankara. And secondly, of course, the Russian regions can never and will not be the subject of any transactions. This is out of the question, “Peskov commented.
The head of the Crimean parliament’s committee on people’s diplomacy and interethnic relations, Yuri Gempel, said on Tuesday that it is inappropriate to draw analogies on the recognition of Crimea and Northern Cyprus.
He added that many Turkish businessmen would like to develop business in Crimea, so it would be beneficial for Ankara to recognize Crimea as Russian and establish trade relations with the peninsula.
Turkish diplomat, head of the Renovation Party and deputy of the Turkish parliament Ozturk Yilmaz also called the option of such an agreement unrealistic.
According to him, Crimea and Northern Cyprus are not equal in status, since “Crimea was annexed by Russia as part of its territory.” While Northern Cyprus is “an independent state, the recognition of which Turkey wants,” Yilmaz said.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was officially proclaimed in 1975 as a result of a military coup in which Cyprus was divided into north and south and is today recognized only by Ankara. Russia does not recognize these territories as independent.
Crimea became a region of Russia after a referendum held there in the spring of 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents voted to join Russia. Kiev considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea have democratically voted in full accordance with international law for reunification with the Russian Federation.