“Ankara behaves in an unpredictable way” - Russian official

Russia’s lower house State Duma Defense Committee vice chair Yuri Shvitkin said that the Turkish Foreign Minister’s comments on the annexation of Crimea created astonishment and indignation in Moscow, Sputnik News in Turkish reported on Friday.

The comments showed that “Ankara behaves in an unpredictable way”, Sputnik News quoted Shvitkin as saying. Shvitkin also added that, despite the recent partnership between two countries, there were many issues Moscow and Ankara did not agree on, including Syria.

“[With such statements] Ankara may be trying to play up to the EU,” he said. “You know [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan criticises the EU form time to time. But nevertheless you can observe that the Turkish side want to progress in their direction”.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu during a fast-breaking (iftar) dinner in Ankara on Thursday stated that Turkey supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine and would not recognise the annexation of Crimea.

In March 2014, Russia annexed Crimea after a controversial referendum, which drew the ire of the international community as Russian soldiers occupied the region during the voting process.