(QHA) -

An advisor to the Mejlis on relations with Turkey, General coordinator of QHA news agency, citizen of Turkey Ismet Yuksel was banned entry Crimea for 5 years. The incident caused a great resonance in Crimean Tatar society.

Yuksel, who is now in Kyiv, announced he would assert his rights by all the legal means, in particular, he would appeal to international institutions, courts as well as authorities of Turkey.

“I had a house, family and business in Crimea, was engaged in social activity, helped needy families, and worked at strengthening the ties between Crimean Tatars and Crimean Tatar diaspora in Turkey. I consider it is outrageous and unlawful. The decision [to ban entry to Crimea,-ed.] is unlawful as I was not given any warnings or arguments of involvement in illegal activity”- Yuksel said.

“Everyone has a right for family, right for living on historical Motherland. Now I am cut off from my hearth, I’ve been leaving in for 20 years”- he added.

Ismet Yuksel, General Director of the Crimean News Agency [QHA] and Mejlis adviser on relations with Turkey has been banned from entering Crimea for 5 years. 

Yuksel learned of the ban as he tried to return to Crimea with his family on Saturday, August 9. His car was detained by the border guards for an hour and a half and then handed notification that he had been banned entry to the Russian Federation until June 2019. 

Yuksel refused to sign the document passed by the Russian FSB [Security Service]. The reason for the ban was not given.

Yuksel is the third Crimean Tatar who was banned entry to Crimea after peninsula’s annexation by Russia.

Earlier Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Jemilev and head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov were banned from entering the region for 5 years.