This stance was voiced by Hans van Baalen, the Head of the ALDE Party in the European Parliament, when commenting on the attempts of the so-called Crimean authorities to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

Similar statements were made by other members of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

In particular, ALDE Group Vice President Petras Aushtrevichus said the occupational Crimean authorities purposefully stamp out any dissent, and now they’ve chosen the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people as the next target.

- Unfortunately, the situation is worsening throughout all Russia. This only proves that the current EU policy towards Russia is the right one. Repressions in and by Russia have to receive an adequate response from the EU. This is the only way to deal with Putin's regime, said Aushtrevichus.

As QHA reported earlier, the EU expressed its grave concern about the systematic violation by the Russian Federation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatar people.

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