The European politicians arrived in the Ukrainian capital for the YES annual conference, started on September 15.
The program of the visit included a meeting with the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people since the Crimean issue, in spite of the large number of current problems in Europe, is still relevant. The guests from Europe wanted to learn firsthand about the situation on the peninsula.
The meeting, held on September 15, was attended by Luc Devigne, the Deputy Managing Director of the European External Action Service for Europe and Central Asia, Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE, Dirk Schuebel, Head of Eastern Partnership Department, Fabio Della Piazza, Head of the Political Department of the EU Delegation in Kyiv, and political officer Ovidiu-Viorel Naftanaila.
The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people was presented by Riza Shevkiev, Eskender Bariev and Gayana Yuksel.
The European politicians reiterated that the European political circles remains fundamental in non-recognition of the occupation of Crimea and will consistently adhere to this position.
The Mejlis members spoke about harassment and disregard for human rights on the peninsula. Riza Shevkiev noted that the issue of political and economic sanctions against Russia should be linked to the human rights situation in Crimea, and cannot be separated from the situation in Donbas.
Eskender Bariev told about the programs and projects implemented by the Crimean Tatars on the mainland Ukraine and once again insisted on the importance of public diplomacy in the representation of the Crimean issue to European society.
Gayana Yuksel - noting that the consideration of the appeal against the Crimean court decision for recognition of the Mejlis as an extremist organization is to be held on September 29 - said that there is a possibility of further strengthening repressions against the Mejlis members, activists and representatives of the national movement. The reprisal against the Crimean Tatars is inflicted publicly, and most illustrative is the cases of Ilmi Umerov, Ahtem Chiygoz, 26 February and Hizb-ut-Tahrir. European politicians and the media needed to focus on the situation in Crimea (international monitoring missions and work of journalists) for objective coverage of the situation on the peninsula as the "Crimean authorities" shun and fear the publicity in such matters.
In general, there were voiced such problems as illegal repression against the inhabitants of Crimea, forced participation in the elections to the State Duma, the mobilization, the settlement in Crimea by people from mainland Russia and many other issues reflecting the situation on the peninsula.
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