The veteran leader of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Dzhemilev, has received Turkey's highest state award.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul awarded Dzhemilev with the Order of State of the Republic of Turkey at a special ceremony in Turkey on April 15.
Dzhemilev, who is a Ukrainian lawmaker, thanked Turkey for its support of Ukraine in "this very challenging and difficult time."
Dzhemilev, along with Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, discussed the current situation in Ukraine with Gul on April 15.
Dzhemilev and Poroshenko told journalists that Gul assured them that Ankara will never recognize the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea by Russia, will support Ukraine's efforts to establish order in its eastern regions, and will contribute to peace and stability in the Black Sea region.