Speaking at the Verkhovna Rada, Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian MP, said that sanctions against Russia affect its economy not as fast as one would like, but thanks to them the process of destruction of the Russian economy continues. Such measures against the aggressor will soon make Russia return to the norms of international law, Chubarov assured.

He also showed a copy of the contract for energy supplies to the occupied Crimea signed by Ukrainian officials.The contract specifies the ‘Crimean Federal District’ as the final consumer and it expires this year.

“I would like to warn the Verhovna Rada and all officials that any agreement signed with Russia regarding supplies to Russian-occupied Crimea, which does not stipulate that Crimea is a Ukrainian territory, and fails to mention the fact that we supply electricity to the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, will be considered a betrayal of Ukraine's position and high treason,” Chubarov said to MPs.

He called on the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine to consider at its meeting the electricity supply contracts to be signed on January 1, 2016, mentioning that he would like to attend it. Refat Chubarov also expressed gratitude to the Western countries, which extended and reinforced the sanctions imposed against Russia to support Ukraine and Crimean Tatars.