KYIV (QHA) -

In his comments to QHA, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Presidential Commissioner on Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev called the idea of Navalny ridiculous. Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has recently announced his presidential ambitions, and promised to hold a "fair and transparent referendum" in Crimea, if elected.

“This question causes some mess in my head. What does it mean: To hold a new referendum? If any new referendum is to be carried out, it should be decided by the Ukrainian state. And according to the Ukrainian legislation, the all-Ukrainian referendum should be held to define the status of any territory.

According to the Presidential Commissioner on Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people in Ukraine, Crimea must be first of all returned to the jurisdiction of Ukraine, and the occupiers must leave the peninsula.

“You know, if local referendums were carried out, nothing would be left of Russia. This is absurd, it breaches the International law - to say so unceremoniously that they need to hold a referendum. And why should not we hold a referendum in the Russian Krasnodar region and the Kuban? After all, so many people there lean toward Ukraine. Such a lordly disdain. Of course, no one will treat it seriously. Such statements are simply ridiculous,” he said.

Earlier, the Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny said that he would run for President of Russia in 2018. A couple of years ago, Navalny also made a statement "Crimea is not a sandwich to pass it back and forth."

Russia occupied Crimea in February-March 2014. After RF troops entered the peninsula, Russia "legalized" the occupation, having held a falsified referendum on March 16 and calling it "the will of the Crimean people." The vast majority of the world states did not recognize the Russian Crimea. For Ukraine, the Crimea remains a temporarily occupied territory.

QHA