KYIV(QHA) -

European politicians who visit the occupied Crimea are fringes, the member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Oliver Loode told a QHA correspondent. 

“Those visits of the European politicians or MPs to the occupied Crimea in such a manner are certainly not in line with European norms and standards. The European Parliament adopted a resolution, which condemns the occupation of the Crimea as well as the violations of human rights and the rights of the Crimean Tatar people. Those individuals are fringes and such actions do not reflect the European stance,” said Oliver Loode.

When asked about the possible mitigation of sanctions against the Russian Federation, Loode replied that it was a political point and he could not give an answer.

Speaking on the issue of the human rights violations in the Crimea, where the Kremlin-controlled "Crimean authorities" oppress the Indigenous Peoples of the peninsula, he said:

“All those violations of the Crimean Tatars rights, as well as the rights of other indigenous peoples of Crimea, should be vociferously discussed at the international level, through the media, and so on. On the other hand, it is not only difficult, but also impossible to influence the behavior and policies of Russia. Therefore, we must make an effort and cooperate with the Crimean Tatars. And they should have an aim to create conditions in which they would be able to exercise their rights in deoccupied and liberated Crimea in the future.

Loode went on saying that it is crucial to speak about the situation constantly so that the world not to forget about it. The Crimean Tatars and Crimean Tatar diaspora all over the world must talk about all the harassment and human rights violations in the Crimea.

“It is essential to keep the issue of Crimea and the Crimean Tatars on the international and Ukrainian agenda. In Russia the Crimean Tatars have no prospects for development, so they must think and make plans for the future life after the occupation,” said the member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Oliver Loode.

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