Western countries asked Crimean Tatar Mejlis to avoid provoking Russian military

During Russia's annexation of the Crimea in 2014, the Ambassadors of several Western countries called on the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People to avoid provoking the Russian military, as stated by Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People on the program "Svoboda Slova" (Freedom of speech) on the channel ICTV.

"All day long I was in touch with the ambassadors from the EU countries and the U.S.A. They all had the same request: do not provoke the Russian military to more active actions. Eventually we will definitely find a solution. 'Do not let them provoke you' was the main message from our Western partners, for me in particular," Chubarov said.

Commenting on the transcript of the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on Crimea, the Chairman of the Mejlis stated that there was nothing surprising for him.

He also stated that the issue on the Crimean Tatars’ self- determination within Ukraine should "be divided into two stages.”

"The first stage includes amendments to Section 10 of the Constitution of Ukraine, which refers to the Autonomous Republic of  Crimea, where the principles upon which the Crimea will be rebuilt should be defined. It is the adoption of the Law on the Crimean Tatar people. Also, there are still some aspects related to the implementation of these laws in the event of de-occupation," he noted.

  Ukraine, Crimea, EU, Crimean Tartars