"The results of the elections in Crimea are not legitimate for us," spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a statement, adding Turkey would continue to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine including Crimea.

Elections to the State Duma, Russia’s 450-seat lower house of parliament, took place on Sep. 18.

Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in March 2014 following a contested referendum. Since then, the region’s Tatar community has regularly denounced increasing repression including arbitrary arrests and detentions.

Anadolu Agency