Jemilev calls for UN peacekeeping troops in Crimea

1 April 2014 15:05

The leader of Crimean Tatars called on the UN Security Council to send peacekeeping forces to Crimea. 

Mustafa Jemilev told VOA correspondents after an informal Security Council meeting on Crimea on March 31 that the insufficient pressure on Moscow over the annexation of Crimea might lead to bloodshed on the peninsula.

"We have serious fears about what can happen there, and that's why I asked for UN peacekeeping forces. But since this is something that's decided by the UN Security Council, where Russia has the right to veto, this is quite unlikely,"- Jemilev said.

"The second option was for sending NATO troops, as was done in Kosovo. But the problem with that is that NATO only comes once a sea of blood is shed."- he added.