According to Director of the QHA News Agency Gayana Yuksel, McCain greeted the audience and wished success to the WCCT. The Senator compared the annexation of Crimea to the occupation of the Baltic countries.
- I'm with you since you prove to Putin that you are against the annexation of Crimea. We will never recognize the occupation of the peninsula and will do everything possible to support you and help in this fight, said John McCain.
He went on saying that the Russian occupation authorities have put pressure on the Crimean Tatars from the very beginning.
- These proud people were forced either to leave or get Russian citizenship, but they have not stopped the fight. The Crimean land belongs to the Crimean Tatars’ ancestors, and they have the right to live on their territory. I believe the US is obliged to do everything possible that Russia suffers additional losses as it has occupied the territory illegally. We must help the Crimean Tatars. I will never stop fighting for free Ukraine! said Senator McCain.
The World Congress of the Crimean Tatar people (WCCT) is the structure uniting the Crimean Tatars who live in their historic homeland, in Crimea, as well as in the Diasporas (Turkey, Romania, Poland, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Western Europe and Central Asia).
The first session of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars was held on May 9, 2009 in Simferopol / Akmesdzhit and attended by 420 delegates from 13 countries with Refat Chubarov being elected the Chairman.
The second meeting, which was attended by 180 members of the Crimean Tatar public organizations from 12 countries, as well as the authorized representatives of government circles, public organizations and media, was held on August 1-2, 2015, Ankara. In the course of the meeting it was decided to establish the international public organization the "World Congress of the Crimean Tatars" in order to promote internationally the national self-government bodies of the Crimean Tatar people. The WCCT re-elected the Chairman Refat Chubarov, as well as the members of the Congress Executive Committee, which included 21 representatives, and members of the Audit Commission.
Three meetings of the Executive Committee were held in Romania and Ukraine (in Kiev and in the village of Chongar, Kherson region), the fourth session is being held on April, 11-14, 2016 in Vilnius (Lithuania).