Crimean Tatars: Leaders meet Poroshenko to Discuss Situation in Crimea
Ukrainian President, Mr Petro Poroshenko, met with leaders of the Crimean Tatars on 23 February 2015 in Kiev to discuss their situation in Crimea. During the meeting, Ukraine’s President, the Commissioner on Crimean Tatar issues, Mr Mustafa Jemilev, the Chairman of the Milli Mejlis, Mr Refat Chubarov, and a Kurultay delegate, Mr Rustem Umerov, discussed the need to protect the human rights of all residents of Crimea following Russia’s occupation of the region in March 2014.
Below is an article published by Crimean News Agency (QHA)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with Crimean Tatar leaders in Kyiv to discuss the situation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea, [the chairman of the] Mili Mejlis Refat Chubarov wrote on Facebook.
The meeting was attended the Ukraine’s President, Commissioner on Crimean Tatar issues Mustafa Jemilev, Mili Mejlis chairman Mejlis Refat Chubarov, and Kurultay delegate Rustem Umerov.
“All the discussed issues were related to Crimea and the necessity of protection of rights of Crimea’s residents, - Chubarov said. “I hope that the results of the initiatives we made on the international level will have an effect”.
Crimea seceded from Ukraine and unified with Russia in March following a controversial referendum on the region’s status, condemned as illegitimate by the [rest of the] world.
The US as well as the EU and other countries have imposed numerous economic sanctions against Russia showing their policy of non-recognition of the unification.
The sanctions have a great impact on Russia economy, as the Russia’s credit rating was cut down below the investment grade by Moody’s Investors Service, which joined Standard & Poor’s in ranking of the country’s debt as junk, citing the conflict in Ukraine and plunging oil prices.
Photo courtesy of: Crimean News Agency (QHA), 2015