Russia ready to explain 'fallacies' regarding Crimea to Turkey

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that the relationship between Turkey and Russia can be called a partnership, but the two countries' different stances on Crimea remain. "The Crimean topic is an area of significant disagreement," Peskov said.

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Russia is prepared to provide explanations to shatter many countries' fallacies regarding Crimea, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Aug. 25, as he commented on a recent event in Kyiv. 

Peskov said that relations between Russia and Turkey can be called a partnership but differences on the issue of Crimea remain.

On Aug. 23, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu participated in the Crimean Platform event in Kyiv viewed in Moscow as anti-Russian.

"Russian-Turkish relations, in general, are of a partnership nature, and not only declarative but really based on a real and solid foundation of trade, economic and investment cooperation," Peskov said. 

"But this does not mean that this relationship does not have significant disagreements. The Crimean topic is an area of significant disagreement. We do not accept this position of our Turkish colleagues, we consider it absolutely wrong," the spokesperson added. 

Peskov noted that Russia is ready to explain to colleagues from Turkey and other countries "the real state of affairs with this Russian region."

The Kremlin spokesman also said that the Crimean Platform is an "unfriendly" event, adding that Moscow will draw conclusions.

"Of course, this event in Kyiv is still of such a declarative nature, does not have any tangible continuation. Even this declarative character bears an extremely unfriendly attitude towards our country. ... Of course, we draw the relevant conclusions for ourselves," Peskov said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described the Ukraine-initiated meeting as a get-together "where the West will continue to fuel the neo-Nazi and racist sentiment of Ukraine's current authorities."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Aug. 21 said that Russia would "put on record" the position of countries that would take part in the forum and "derive the corresponding conclusions."