KYIV (QHA) -

Leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev and Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov held the meeting with Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Marius Janukonis and representatives of the Lithuanian Embassy in Kyiv. In addition, the meeting was attended by a Mejlis member Riza Shevko and a MEP, former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius, according to QHA correspondent.

The delegates presented the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people with a historical flag of the State of Lithuania.

During the meeting, the question was raised on yesterday’s statement by the US President Donald Trump about the Crimea. In particular, Mustafa Dzhemilev called Trump’s statement "a good signal" for the Ukraine, although the first statements of the new US President raise some concerns about his position.

“Lithuania also does not know yet what to think of the new Trump administration, but negative signals were received little earlier from the US Democrat George Mitchell. The signals hinting at a big trade with Russia and the lifting of sanctions,” the Minister Andrius Kubilius said during the meeting.


Member of European Parliament, former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius

MEP, former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius noted that Trump's position, according to the Lithuanians, is ambiguous and unpredictable, despite his statements on Twitter.

For this reason, according to Kubilius, European leaders need to hold meetings and establish close contacts with the White House administration to be apprised of the situation as it develops in the United States.

Also, participants of the meeting discussed the plan of activities in honor of the 620-th anniversary of settlement of Crimean Tatars in Lithuania. Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov stated his intention to representatives of the Mejlis to visit Lithuania and watch the preparations for the celebration.

In addition, representatives of the Lithuanian Embassy raised the subject of regular human rights violations in the Russian-occupied Crimea, in particular, they spoke about the detention of lawyers. The officials expressed concern about the fact that February 16 the 80-year-old brother of Mustafa Dzhemilev Asan was summoned for questioning by the FSB in Crimea.

Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine, Marius Janukonis

“They have crossed the line of arrogance arresting lawyers who publicly speak about the affairs. In the event the lawyers deprived the possibility to participate in the cases, relying on justice does not make any sence,” Dzhemilev said.

According to Mustafa-aga, the reason FSB is questioning his brother is not yet clear.

It is worth noting that February 16, the State of Lithuania celebrates Independence Day. On this day in 1918, Lithuania gained independence from the Russian Empire. September 6, 1991, the country made away with the occupation of the Soviet Union.

QHA