Jul 11, 2016

Crimean Tatars: Military Solution Is Not an Option

Ukrainian President’s Commissioner for Crimean Tatars, Mr Mustafa Dzhemilev, explained Ukraine’s will to join NATO and its hope that this would help putting pressure on Russia to withdraw its troops from Crimea. However, Mr Dzhemilev also stated that he does not believe in a military solution to the Russian illegal occupation, as it would result in a “tragedy” for the Crimean Tatars.

Below is an article published by Ukrinform

NATO is the main hope of Ukraine in connection with Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas.

Ukrainian President’s Commissioner for Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev said this in an interview with Voice of America.

"The North Atlantic Alliance is the main hope in connection with the aggression, demonstrated now by Russia. What can NATO do? It can do a lot, but, in my opinion, it does not show sufficient determination," Dzhemilev said.

"We do not consider military means as a solution to de-occupation of Crimea, because it will be a tragedy, first of all, for our people," Dzhemilev noted.

"However, NATO must demonstrate its determination to the aggressor country. Some steps are being made to strengthen the military presence in the Baltics, and I believe these steps are made in the right direction,” the Ukrainian President’s Commissioner for Crimean Tatar people noted.