Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with Crimean Tatar leaders in Kyiv to discuss the situation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea, Mejlis head Refar Chubarov wrote in Facebook.

The meeting was attended by Crimean Tatar leader, Ukraine’s President Commissioner on Crimean Tatar issues Mustafa Jemilev, head of Mejlis Refat Chubarov and Kurultay delegate Rustem Umerov.

“All the discussed issues were related to Crimea and the necessity of protection of rights of Crimea residents,- Chubarov said. I hope that the results of the initiatives we made on the international level will have an effect”

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and unified with Russia in March following a controversial referendum on the region’s status condemned as illegitimate by the World.

The US as well as the EU and other countries have imposed numerous economical sanctions against Russia showing their policy of non-recognition of the unification.

The sanctions have a great impact on Russia economy, as the Russia’s credit rating was cut to below investment grade by Moody’s Investors Service, which joined Standard & Poor’s in ranking the country’s debt as junk, citing the conflict in Ukraine and plunging oil prices.