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    The people of Syria, Iraq, the Balkans and Crimea live beyond Turkish geographical borders, but they remain important for Turkey at the spiritual level, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkey has no territorial claims to any country, but its influence goes beyond the geographical borders, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday at a meeting, devoted to the death anniversary of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

    "We are not locked in the confined space inside our borders. Geographical borders are one thing, but spiritual [borders] are another thing … We do not claim other countries’ territories, but the developments there directly affect Turkey," Erdogan said, adding that Ataturk repeatedly expressed the same idea in his speeches.

    Erdogan noted, that despite the people of Syria, Iraq, the Balkans and Crimea lived beyond Turkish geographical borders, they remained important for the state at the spiritual level.

    Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the First President of Turkey, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, who adopted Turkey's first constitution in 1921. Ataturk abolished the Sultanate and adopted principles of secularization and modernization.

    Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
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    Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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