Crimean authorities oppose territorial autonomy for Crimean Tatar people, suggesting cultural autonomy instead.

Crimea’s Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliev told this the Russian news agency Ria Novosti.

“No, that is not possible, there can only be a cultural autonomy,” - Temirgaliev said.

Temirgaliev’s comments came after Crimean Tatars held an emergency meeting to discuss more autonomy from the Crimea peninsula last week.

Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum on March 16.

At the next session of Kurultay in April, Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people will consider the possibility of conducting national referendum on self-determination of Crimean Tatars.