The sanctions imposed on Russia won’t be lifted until the latter returns annexed Crimea to Ukraine, said the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland as cited by Obozrevatel.

- The sanctions won’t be lifted until Crimea is returned to Ukraine, said Nuland.

According to the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, the United States is outraged over the ban on Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People and the recognition of it as an extremist organization.

- This terrible decision deprives people of their historical form of representative democracy, said Nuland.

It was reported earlier that Natalya Poklonskaya, Kremlin-appointed Prosecutor General, announced on April 13 her decision to suspend activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in Crimea pending a court ruling.

On April 15, a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people was rescheduled for April 25. The judges cited failure of Nariman Jelyal, Mejlis Deputy Chairman, to show up for the hearing as a reason for the rescheduling. On April 18, Russia’s Justice Ministry included the Mejlis on the list of public and religious organizations banned in Russia ‘due to their extremist activities’. Ukraine, as well as a number of international organizations and human rights activists, condemned the decision.

April, 26 the illegitimate Crimean Court rendered a verdict in the "Mejlis case," recognizing it as an extremist organization and banning its activities in Russia, including the Crimean peninsula.

The Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Refat Chubarov said that International organizations, including the UN, will respond in a matter of days to the banning of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people by taking relevant action. Chubarov said that due to the illegal decision by the Russian Court the representative body of the Crimean Tatars will work in Kyiv. The Mejlis leadership will implement a Special Council, which will include Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of the Crimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov, Mejlis’s Chairman, and 8 Mejlis members.

Nariman Dzhelyal, Mejlis First Deputy Chairman, said that international organizations, such as the UN, the OSCE, the Turkish governments, the United States, the European Union, expressed their support for the Mejlis.

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