Deputy Dzhemilev: Europe is indifferent to the fate of Crimea

Mustafa Dzhemilev Mustafa Dzhemilev

Ukraine’s Presidential Commissioner on Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev said that Europeans was indifferent to the fate of the people in the annexed Crimea.

“Now all the Western countries say about step-by-step lifting of the sanctions against Russia if it follows the Minsk Accords. This is very sad, because in this case the problem of deoccupation of Crimea will be delayed for many years. I understand that they lose serious money due to the sanctions, and they probably care less about what we do have a lot of people suffering under the occupation,” said Dzhemilev.

According to him, the sanctions against Russia should not weaken but strengthen until “the last square metre of the occupied Ukrainian territory is free from the occupants.”

“Now they say: Donbas is first, then — Crimea. When will this “then” start if the sanctions are lifted? It will not be for another decade,” Dzhemilev is sure.

Also he said that the Minsk Accords should have a specified period of their implementation. “The Ukrainian diplomacy has made a very big mistake taking the Minsk Accords without the specified period of their implementation. At least the deadline for ensuring the territorial integrity of Ukraine should be specified,” said Dzhemilev.

As a reminder, since June 17, 2016 the sanctions against Crimea will be prolongated till mid 2017. Also the EU announced the six months prolongation of the sanctions against Russia for its aggression in the East of Ukraine. The decision will be officially announced before the end of June.

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