One could not admit inter-ethnic tension in Crimea: Putin

15 October 2014 11:11
(QHA) -

One could not admit inter-ethnic tension in Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced, speaking at a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Human Rights Tuesday.

“We should take into account the fact that apart from Crimean Tatars, Greeks, Ukrainians, Germans and Russians live there. This is a very sensitive sphere there. There is no clear interpretation among people of what has happened in this sphere”- Putin said, Itar-Tass news agency reports.

This is not an idle problem because “nationalist moods can exist somewhere inside”- he said.

He called for working carefully. Putin said among Crimean Tatars there are people with Ukrainian citizenship. Some of them are deputies of the Rada and take part in international events on behalf of Ukraine. However, they pretend to protect the interests of people living in Crimea and have obtained Russian citizenship, he added.

“These are complicated issues. I’d like these people not to speculate on the past in order to make provision for today and tomorrow for their own,”- Putin said.

Russian president added that Russia will do all for Crimean Tatars to legitimise land rights, as “there are some legal problems that Russia will solve”.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, following local referendum on region’s status.