Europe must strengthen the sanctions against Russia due to its actions in annexed Crimea, reported the Presidential Press Service citing the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko as saying at a meeting with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.

According to Poroshenko, so far, the situation with the protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatars has significantly deteriorated in Crimea and the harassment and arrests of the Mejlis members have spun up with new strength.

- The situation with the rights of Ukrainians, including the Crimean Tatars, is catastrophic, said the President.

He stressed that in today's realities, "the EU sanctions against Russia should not only be kept, but also ramped up due to its crimes in Crimea."

May 12, the Scurity Forces took away the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov to the FSB in the city of Simferopol. Following that Umerov was handed a recognizance not to leave and his house searched.

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