In an interview with QHA Natalia Belitser, the expert of the Institute for Democracy named after Pylip Orlyk said that the new law on the status of the Crimean Tatar people will significantly strengthen Ukraine's position and allow to actively engage the International organizations to return Crimea to Ukraine:
“I want to remind that it considerably strengthens the position of Ukraine regarding the illegal annexation of Crimea, though retrospectively. After all, it is the territory of the indigenous people, where nothing can be done without their consent. Following the adoption of this law at the level of the UN, which is very concerned about the issues, as well as at the level of the European Parliament, which only this year has twice adopted resolutions on Crimea and Crimean Tatars, there will be new robust arguments and evidence of illegal Russia's actions in Crimea.
Thus, the adoption of the law [On the status of the Crimean Tatar people –Ed.] will be crucial in the context of the return of the peninsula to Ukrainian borders,” the expert said.
It was reported earlier that Russia occupied Crimea in February-March 2014, calling the falsified referendum of March 16 as an expression of Crimeans will to join the Russian Federation. Most of the world has not recognized Crimea as part of Russia. For Ukraine, Crimea remains the temporarily occupied territory.