PRAGUE (QHA) -

Ukraine does not sell its freedom and will never agree with the occupation of Crimea, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, said at a rally outside the Russian Embassy in Prague.

According to him, Ukrainians will defend independence, the integrity of their state and its liberation to the last inch of the territory.

Dzhemilev responded to the words of the Czech president that Kyiv should ask the Russian Federation to compensate for the occupation of the Crimea.

“You have people who say that we need to accept the occupation, that we just need to ask Russia for money for the occupation and agree with the invaders. You, probably, have understood about whom I am speaking - this is your president Zeman. He said that we should ask Putin to lower the price for gas and pay a little, and we can forget about the occupation of the Crimea. So I want to say: "Mr. Zeman, Ukraine is not a country that sells its freedom and homeland, we will defend the independence and integrity of our state and liberation to the last inch of our territory," Dzhemilev said.

According to the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Kyiv is grateful for the position of the Czech leadership, which supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and does not recognize the occupation of the Crimea, supports the sanctions of the European Union against the occupier state.

He went on saying that the regime introduced in the occupied Crimea is "much worse than the Soviet totalitarian regime - this is a bandit regime."

“Again, the indigenous people are being forced out of their homeland, and again citizens from the Russian Federation are brought to our land. Decades and centuries pass, various systems are changing, but aggressive, criminal appetites remain in this country,” he stressed.

Dzhemilev recalled that 50 years ago he, along with such outstanding personalities as Pavel Litvinov, Tatiana Bayeva and others, went to Red Square in Moscow and raised the slogan "Down with the occupation, hands off Czechoslovakia!".

He noted that after the occupation of Czechoslovakia there was a war in Afghanistan, then in Chechnya, then in 2008, the seizure of the territory of Georgia, and in 2014 - the seizure of the territory of Ukraine.

Reference: Czech President Miloš Zeman, speaking at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, said that Ukraine's loss of the Crimea is a "closed case" and proposed legalizing it by paying compensation to Ukraine "in financial form or with oil and gas."

In turn, the Czech Senate condemned the Czech President's statement and accused Zeman of trying to legitimize Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

QHA