KYIV (QHA) -

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he would do everything possible to return Crimea to Ukraine. These will be both judicial decisions, and political and diplomatic approaches, the presidential press service reports Poroshenko as saying in his interview with Ukrainian TV channels. 

“Crimea for Putin is the territory, which should be inhabited by natives of Siberia, now urgently being relocated to the peninsular, or turned into a large military base. Crimea for me is a Ukrainian land. And Crimeans are Ukrainians. I will do everything in my power to ensure the return of Crimea through judicial decisions, and political and diplomatic approaches, using the developed strategy and international legal mechanisms we have been working on, in Paris as well. There is no alternative to this approach,” said the President. 

According to him, “we must do everything possible to protect the rights of Crimean Tatars, who currently experience great oppression in Crimea.”

He mentioned that Mustafa Jemilev and Refat Chubarov, leaders of Crimean Tatars, were elected with the list of Petro Poroshenko's bloc and got more opportunities to fight for the rights of Crimean Tatars as deputies of the Verkhovna Rada. Mustafa Jemilev was also appointed as Adviser to the President to actively participate in the development of steps that would facilitate the return of Crimea. 

“We really cannot afford cargo to be transported to occupied Crimea without any effective control and political decision,” said Petro Poroshenko.

He also promised to resume the supply of electricity though one transmission line to Crimea.

“I believe that emergency power supply will be restored through one transmission line to Crimea after consultations with the Crimean Tatars,” said the President.

QHA