Presidential Commissioner for Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people called a catalyst that would move the return process from the dead point and bring an end to the occupation of the peninsula.
“Every day draws this end nearer. Immediately after I had a conversation with Putin [on the eve of the "referendum" in 2014. - Ed.] I went to Brussels for a NATO meeting, where they also said that everything is moving slowly but steadily. So Russia can not escape the liberation of Crimea – otherwise Russia will collapse, and it will be forced to give it back,” he said in an interview with "Apostrophe".
Presidential Commissioner is sure that if Putin does not change his policy, then the collapse of Russia is inevitable.
“If the further actions of Putin stay the same, it is to happen. If we proceed from the interests of Russia, he in any case must not have entered the Crimea.”
Dzhemilev is convinced that the military solution to the conflict is impossible.
“This option is virtually impossible. Neither the people will support, nor the Western partners understand this. In Western countries, as well as in Ukraine, the attitude to human life is completely different, if compared to Russia. The totalitarian regime does not take responsibility for human lives no matter how many people die. But we immediately come to the streets, the relatives go straight to the President. And in Western countries it is the same. They highly value a human life. This is the thing, Putin is playing on. People remain silent there, and in democratic countries it is quite different.”
Dzhemilev says that the main method of the Russian Federation to influence the Crimean people and the world community is blackmail, bribery and massive propaganda, which is largely financed.
“Thousands of thousands of different agents buy newspaper editions, local small parties, political figures, including the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and those can be identified with a naked eye. As he opens his mouth, it is clear on whose behalf he is talking.”
In the beginning of January 2017 the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Presidential Commissioner for Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev expressed confidence that year 2017 would be decisive in matters of the Crimean de-occupation.
In March 2014, following the arrival of its troops, Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula having organized an illegal "referendum".
Western countries, the United States did not recognize the annexation of Crimea and imposed a number of economic sanctions against Russia. For Ukraine, the Crimea remains a temporarily occupied territory.