Crimean Tatar: NATO Reaffirm Support for Ukraine Over Crimea Issue and Expresses Concern over Human Rights Violations by Russia against Crimean Tatar Population
On wednesday March 6th, a NATO-Ukraine commission met to discuss the recent developments in the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula. A representative of the Crimean Tatar community was present and briefed the allies about the human rights violations committed against its people.
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Allies reaffirmed NATO’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They expressed concern over human rights violations in Crimea, targeting the Crimean Tatar population, as well as other ethnic, political and religious groups.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that “Crimea is Ukraine. Five years on, NATO Allies do not and will not recognise Russia’s illegal annexation. We continue to stand by Ukraine with political and practical support. We have not forgotten the heavy price the Ukrainian people continue to pay for their desire to decide their own future free from outside interference.”
NATO continues to call on Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized in November near the Kerch Strait. Allies have increased their practical support to Ukraine in light of the security situation in the Black Sea.
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