The loud statements of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the non-recognition of the civilized world by elections in the occupied Crimea are a step towards increasing the isolation of the Russian leader from the world community, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov stated.
The Head of the Mejlis recalled that the Ukrainian Parliament approved the draft resolution on the non-recognition by Ukraine of the legitimacy of presidential elections in the occupied Crimea and Sevastopol.
“We could not but respond [to illegal elections on the peninsula - Ed.], because the Crimea is our territory. We had two approaches. The first is to recognize the powers of the newly elected president of Russia as illegitimate and to urge world leaders to proceed from this as well. But after a long discussion this decree got the form that we chose - illegal elections in the Crimea are legally void, they do not bear any legal consequences and call into question the legitimacy of the Russian president,” he said.
Refat Chubarov emphasized that the wording "cast doubt on the legitimacy of the Russian president" provides an opportunity for Ukrainian diplomats to work with partners in order to further isolate Putin.
According to him, bringing Putin to even greater isolation is not an impossible task.
“If Putin himself keeps acting like this in the future, this will speed up his isolation. In the last two or three weeks he helped us a lot. Even his message to the Federal Assembly on March 1, and then a series of his interviews, where he blackmailed the world and demonstrated allegedly very powerful types of Russian weapons. That is, in this situation, Putin himself is a factor that adds tension to the relationship between the West and Russia. And I hope he continues. And then, perhaps, the western politicians will open their eyes more, they will not insist on dialogue with Putin, but will support more harsh means of pressure on Russia," Chubarov stressed.
QHA reported that Ukraine urged the Russian occupation authorities in the Crimea not to persecute Crimeans who did not participate in the "election" of the Russian president. Holding the "elections" on the Ukrainian territory - in the Crimea, Russia has once again demonstrated disregard for the fundamental norms and principles of international law, enshrined in particular in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act.
According to the Mejlis estimates, the actual turnout for the "elections" as a whole did not exceed 30%, while the turnout among the Crimean Tatars did not exceed 10%, despite pressure and intimidation. At the same time, the Mejlis notes with regret that neither Ukraine nor the international community has real levers to protect unruly Crimeans from repression by the occupiers.