Jemilev on the fate of Crimea: All have been decided long ago

15 March 2014 11:24

Further developments in Crimea have already been predetermined on the basis of the decisions taken.  Ex-head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev expressed such point of view in an interview to TV channel ‘Dozhd’. 

“I have the impression that all have been decided long ago.  I don’t think that something would change after my conversation with Vladimir Putin,” he said.

At the same time, Jemilev noted that Crimean Tatars will further stand for territorial integrity of Ukraine. 

“I said that this referendum is unacceptable and we will not recognize its results, that we do not accept the revision of state borders between two countries in such a way, by entering armed forces….But what I liked in Putin’s response, is that when I expressed my point of view and said that we are categorically against the revision of state borders and stand for integrity of Ukraine he said: “I didn’t expect another answer from you.  Any decent person, and I think you are a decent person, I know your life path, of course, would stand for such position.  But again, let’s wait what people say on the referendum on March 16”, said Putin,” Jemilev told in an interview.

 At the same time, Putin asked Crimean Tatars to be a link in Russian-Turkish relations, according to Jemilev. 

“This was not exactly the request.  But he said that he knows about a large Crimean Tatar diaspora in Turkey and that Erdogan (Turkish Prime Minister- ed.) is his friend and he would wish that Crimean Tatar diaspora in Turkey was a bridge to strengthen relations between Turkey and Russia,” said Jemilev.