Russian President Vladimir Putin said he knew nothing about missing of Crimean Tatars in Crimea.
Putin was speaking at a meeting of the presidential human rights council on Tuesday, Ria novosti reports.
“I have never heard till now that people are being missed in Crimea. It is not clear who is doing it [kidnapping people,-ed.] and why”- Putin said.
Putin went on saying that “Russia has no and will never have problems with Crimean Tatars and is keeping on supporting them”.
“I suppose that all of you, as well as I and all the objective observers, understand that modern Russia has no problems with Crimean Tatars. No problems at all. Ukraine failed to make those decisions [regarding Crimean Tatars,-ed.] that we (Russia) have made. These decisions are necessary for those living in Crimea”- Putin said.
At least five people, including three Crimean Tatars, remained missing in Crimea, since peninsula joined Russia in March. 25-year-old Crimean Tatar, Edem Asanov, was found dead last week after disappearing.