WASHINGTON (QHA) -

The US State Department welcomed the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for Crimean Tatar people Affairs Mustafa Dzhemilev in Washington, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert reported on Twitter.

The United States stands with the Crimeans who live in the occupation, Neuert wrote.

“So glad to welcome Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev to Washington for the IRFMinisterial. We stand with Crimeans living under Russian occupation and call on Russia to release all its political prisoners,” Neuert wrote.

Earlier QHA reported that on May 24 Dzhemilev in Washington was awarded the medal "For Serving Democracy" of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), founded by the US Congress. This award was given to outstanding people, among them Lech Walesa, Vaclav Havel, Dalai Lama and others.

Previously, Mustafa Dzhemilev met in Washington with representatives of the US Administration, congressmen, senators and experts.
The key topics of the meetings were the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, the fight against the violation of human rights and freedoms in the Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia, as well as the support of the Crimean Tatar people and Ukrainian activists on the peninsula, particularly in the context of the release of political prisoners held by the occupiers in the Crimea and the territory of the Russian Federation.

July 25, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the United States will support the policy of not recognizing the annexation of Crimea by Russia until the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This is reported in a statement called "Crimea Declaration", published on the website of the US State Department.

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