June 24, representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people met with the deputies of the European Parliament Anna Fotyga and Petras Austrevicius, who are currently on a working visit to Ukraine.
Mustafa Dzhemilev, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs ofCrimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, as well as the members of the Mejlis Gayana Yuksel, Riza Shevkiev and Eskender Bariev participated in the meeting where traditionally the situation of the Crimean Tatars in the Russian-occupied Crimea was considered, as well as a number of other issues concerning the general situation in Ukraine.
According to Anna Fotyga, in any of her visits to Ukraine a meeting with representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars is held, as Crimean Tatars are of her working and personal interest.
“We are here together with Member of the European Parliament Petras Austrevicius in Ukraine on a very short meeting to assess the security situation of the country and Crimea as a very important part of the security architecture. It’s not only my empathy and sympathy to the Crimean Tatars, you know that link between Pols and Crimean Tatars is very close," she said.
In turn Petras Austrevicius noted that despite the opposition of some European parliamentarians, the Parliament decided to extend sanctions against Russia by a majority vote, which indicates that Europe understands the current situation in the Crimea.
Astravicius went on saying that only in this way it is possible to adequately respond to Russian aggression, which is constantly provoking European countries to a conflict.
Furthermore, he informed the members of the Mejlis that the Crimean Tatar flag will be raised in Brussels in honor of the Crimean Tatar Flag Day, which is celebrated on June 26.
“This is a good deed. The Crimean flag Tatar needs to be shown everywhere as often as possible and it is important to explain why it is done. Not everyone understands the woes of small nations and minorities," he said.
Refat Chubarov, on behalf of all members of the Mejlis, thanked the guests for their support and sincere awareness of the situation of the Crimean Tatars.
"The visit of these European parliamentarians, who are deeply aware of the situation of the Crimean Tatars, indicates the importance of resolving the problem of the Crimea ... We talked for over an hour and a half and discussed all the issues that concern us," Refat Chubarov said.
According to MEPs, by autumn of this year, the Human Rights Committee is to prepare a report on all actions and discussions on the situation of the oppression against Crimean Tatars in the Crimea, since this information should be documented for further referring the matter to the Hague Court.