Poroshenko urged Russia to stop persecuting Crimean Tatars

The Head of State called on Russia to release the Ukrainian political prisoners.

24 May 2016 10:52

Following a visit to Istanbul, the Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko had a telephone talk in the "Normandy format." During the conversation he drew attention to the deteriorating situation in Donbas, and called on Russia to release the Ukrainian political prisoners and stop the persecution of the Crimean Tatars in annexed Crimea, reported the Presidential press-service.

- The parties agreed that a political dialogue can continue only in case of a strong de-escalation and a complete cease-fire. The President said that in order to do this Russia must pull back its troops from the occupied part of Ukraine, as well as stop supplying weapons and mercenaries. The President also stressed that Ukraine must regain control over the Ukrainian-Russian border, reads a statement.

The Ukrainian, French, German and Russian leaders have supported the deployment of the OSCE police mission in Donbas and claimed the consultations on the matter should start soon.

-The parties also voiced the need for full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, including the creation of security conditions for local elections in Donetsk and Luhansk regions that must be held under Ukrainian legislation and the OSCE / ODIHR norms, according to the press-service.

In addition, Poroshenko urged Russia to release all Ukrainian hostages, including Nadiya Savchenko, Gennady Afanasiev, Yuri Soloshenko. The President said that constant violation of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people in Russia-occupied Crimea is unacceptable and called on to put an end to the persecutions and to release all political prisoners.

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