Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, MP Refat Chubarov supports the introduction of a visa regime with Russia, and stresses the need to reduce diplomatic relations with the aggressor-state.

“The issue has certain advantages and disadvantages. It is necessary to discuss them. I'm more inclined to think that we should introduce such a regime. And not only introduce a visa regime, but also to cut off diplomatic relations with Russia in general,” the head of the Mejlis said.

According to Refat Chubarov, if the Head of the Verkhovna Rada does not withdraw his proposal to discuss the visa regime with Russia, than on Thursday, October 6, MPs will consider the issue in the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

When asked about the possible violations of the Ukrainians’ rights in the territory of the Russian Federation due to introduction of the visa regime, Refat Chubarov cited statistics according to which Ukraine can not guarantee protection of about 5 million citizens.

“Around 2 million people live in the occupied Crimea. Another 3 million are in the uncontrolled areas of Donbas. We need to bring the situation back to the position when Ukraine as a state could protect their rights,” Chubarov said.

October 3, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy proposed to consider the introduction of a visa regime with Russia at a meeting of the conciliatory council of faction leaders, committees and groups of the Parliament.

“It probably makes sense to raise the issue and get back to the introduction of a visa regime with Russia,” he said.

Human rights activists point out that in the case Ukraine introduces visa regime with Russia, there is a high probability of a responding introduction of visas for Ukrainians. In this case, the ability to cross the administrative border with Crimea for Ukrainians would be even more limited.