International sanctions against the Russian Federation need to be intensified until complete restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, said Mustafa Jemilev - the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian MP and Presidential Commissioner for the Rights of Crimean Tatars - speaking at the Forum Series Supporting the People of Ukraine Confronting Putin and Building the Future held in Washington, according to his Facebook page

“Sanctions against Russia only need to be strengthened, and it should be done until the aggressor country has returned Ukraine control over its sovereign territory,” Jemilev said in the US Congress Capitol building.

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people said that only strong Western sanctions may force Putin to "sit down at the negotiating table with regard to Crimea."

Mustafa Jemilev noted that the recent US sanctions package against Russia shows support and solidarity with Ukraine in the pursuit of its own way, independence and sovereignty.

According to him, the positive decision of the Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund on the allocation of additional amounts of aid marking another failure of the Kremlin's intentions and support of Ukraine.

Mustafa Jemilev stressed once again the need to create an international platform for the discussion and addressing issue on de-occupation of Crimea, as negotiations in the format of the Minsk agreements do not regulate the issue of full resumption of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.

Just a reminder: The Presidential Commissioner for the Rights of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jemilev stays with a working visit in the United States taking part in celebrations in Washington on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the independence of Ukraine.

PHOTO: Facebook page of the Presidential Commissioner for the Rights of Crimean Tatars