MOSCOW (QHA) -

Crimean Tatars really suffered in the Soviet Union. We have to do everything to ensure they're integrated into the Russian Federation and that their lawful rights can be restored.

Russian President Vladimir Putin noted this at the annual call-in show called "Direct Line with Vladimir Putin" in Moscow.

He also quoted Catherine the Great saying Crimean Tatar rights would be respected.

"This was a wise policy"- Putin said.

QHA