Turkey has banned its ships to enter Crimea.

Turkey condemns the annexation of Crimea by Russia, therefore, forbade their vessels to call at ports in the occupied Peninsula. This was stated by Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim, the press service of the Cabinet.

“Today is the day of the visit we received a note prohibiting any Turkish vessels to visit the occupied Crimea. This is a very strong signal,” – said Groisman.

He also noted Turkey’s role in supporting the Crimean Tatars.

“Your position in relation to the Crimean Tatars is very important for us and your desire to support in such difficult conditions demonstrates the high degree of friendliness between our countries”, – said Ukrainian Prime Minister.

In turn, Binali Yildirim said that Turkey supports Ukraine, condemning the annexation of Crimea and supporting its territorial integrity. He also noted the efforts of Ukrainian government aimed at the solution of problems of the Crimean Tatars.

As reported on 11 March, Turkey has stopped the ferry service with occupied Crimea without explanation, the Turkish Crimean ports do not accept the vessel. The cessation of ferry traffic made it impossible for the supply of goods and products from Turkey to the occupied Peninsula.