Turkey on Monday, the 6th anniversary of Crimea’s illegal annexation, reaffirmed the territorial integrity of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

“Turkey and the international community do not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimean Autonomous Republic of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, which was based on an illegitimate referendum held six years ago,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It said that the wellbeing and security of Crimean Tatars was a priority for Ankara.

“It continues to be a priority for Turkey that Crimean Tatars, as a constituent people of Crimea, continue to live in wellbeing and

Read more: Turkey reiterates call to end 'occupation' of Crimea