Turkey regrets the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to uphold the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, according to the statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
“We have already expressed official reaction following April 26, 2016, when the Court of the actual Crimean authorities banned the legitimate representative body of our kindred people, the Crimean Tatars. We regret to hear about the ruling of the supreme judicial body of the Russian Federation, which confirmed the decision of the first instance following the appeal hearing,” reads the statement.
The document notes that Turkey is "distressed with the desire to use restrictive means to exert pressure on the Crimean Tatars who only aim to live in freedom, peace and safety, and have always expressed their legitimate demands in democratic and peaceful ways."
“We will continue to provide support to the Crimean Tatars, who were subject to pressure,” statement says.
September 29, the Supreme Court of Russia held a meeting on the case "On the prohibition of the activities of the public association "Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people" under the Article 9 of the Federal Law of 25.07.2002, No.1145-FL" On counteracting extremist activity."
The panel of judges of the Supreme Court of Russia in Moscow banned the activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on the territory of the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea.