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NATO foreign ministers will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, in the Latvian capital, Riga, to discuss issues on the alliance’s agenda, in particular developments with Russia.
Ministers attending the meeting are expected to discuss Russia’s military activities in Crimea and on the border with Ukraine, reports Anadolu Agency.
The meeting will be held exceptionally in the presence of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Georgia. Turkey is represented by its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
In this context, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said last week that Russia has tanks, artillery, armored units, drones and electronic warfare systems, as well as combat-ready forces on its border with Ukraine.
It is estimated that there are about 100,000 Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border and in Crimea.
Russia and Ukraine have been at odds since March 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea, located in the Black Sea, after an illegal referendum, boycotted by Crimean Tatars. Since then, the European Union, the United States and a few other countries have imposed sanctions on Moscow.
Since the annexation of the peninsula, the minority Tatars have been complaining of the repression they suffer, including arbitrary arrests and detention.
It should be noted that Turkey and the rest of the world support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and policy, and have never recognized the illegal annexation of Crimea.
* Translated from Arabic and condemns Al Jalassi
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