Turkey will continue to stand with the Crimean Tatars, who peacefully defend their rights and interests and strive to make their voices heard through democratic methods, says Turkey's Foreign Ministry.
There are increasing concerns that Russian authorities will take advantage of lockdown measures.
Turkish President Erdogan meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kiev, voices support for Ukraine's territorial integrity.
Russia has been targeting the Tatars with illegal detentions and other threats, even forcing them out of Crimea, but the ethnic minority refuses to accept Moscow's sovereignty
The Crimean Tatars have historically faced persecution firstly under the Russian Empire then under the Soviets. Now back under Russian control there are reports of increasing persecution.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman has slammed Russia on outlawing the Crimean Tatars' assembly and says the decision only strengthens Ukranian support for the Crimean Tatars.
Turkish foreign ministry strongly condemns the ruling of the Russian-annexed peninsula's top court to ban Crimean Tatars' assembly.
Chief Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya orders suspension of Crimean Tatar Assembly amid crackdown on ethnic minority
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