Yesterday, on September 27, a meeting of representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people with a member of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger was held in Kyiv.

The meeting was attended by the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz, as well as the members of the Mejlis Gayana Yuksel, Riza Shevkiev and Eskender Bariev.

As Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger noted, the purpose of the meeting with members of the Mejlis is to get information about the situation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea.

“Due to the occupation of Crimea, Crimean Tatars have a lot of new problems. And this is one of the most important topics for us. We would like to know what kind of threats exist for Crimean Tatars, what is situation in Crimea now, how Crimean Tatars can resist to illegal actions and what kind of support we can provide," said the member of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Mustafa Dzhemilev informed Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger about repressions of Russia in the occupied peninsula, in particular regarding the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

“After the annexation of Crimea, occupants named Mejlis as an extremist organization. On April 2017, the International Court of Justice in The Hague recognized these actions as absolutely illegal and demanded the Russian Federation to lift the ban on the Mejlis activities. But as known, Russia does not comply with any agreements and decisions of international organizations," stressed Dzhemilev.

The parties also discussed the directions for further cooperation, particularly, informing the West about Moscow's true intentions.

"We talked about the ways of how we can join our efforts to inform Western and German societies about the real face of modern Russia, the hidden intentions of Putin towards Ukraine, as well as entire free world,” reported Refat Chubarov to QHA in commentary.

According to him, a lot of work is to be done in this direction, since the unanimous consent towards Russia among the German politicians is still absent.

“German politicians are very different. The part of the German politicum is proceed from the fact that it is necessary to restore the dialogue with Russia and to lift sanctions. These politicians either play a double game or miss a key point of Putin`s regime," said Chubarov.

Reference: The Friedrich Naumann Foundation was established in 1958 and is ideologically close to the Free Democratic Party of Germany. The goals of the Foundation are: to strengthen civil society,  to assist to macroeconomic and democratic transformation processes through cooperation with research centers and educational institutions, as well as to foster public dialogue between Russia, Central Asia, Germany and the EU.