18 May 2019, 17:33

"Deportation of the Crimean Tatars is a crime against humanity". US diplomat about tragedy that affected his family

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Deportation of the Crimean Tatars is a crime against humanity, committed on the orders of Joseph Stalin 75 years ago on May 18, 1944, said Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent in his speech.

The American diplomat noted that the whole Crimean Tatar people were deported to Central Asia in cattle cars and about half of the Crimean Tatars died during the first year of the exile, among which was the grandmother of his wife, named Maube.

Kent noted that today, after returning from the deportation, the Crimean Tatars faced new persecutions in the occupied Crimea on the orders of the Kremlin.

Russian occupying authorities subject Crimean Tatars and other residents of Crimea to harassment, threats, intrusive and unlawful searches of their homes, physical attacks and baseless persecutions and detentions of the Crimean Tatars and other Crimean residents. Over 70 are now political prisoners, Kent said.

He further reminded that in 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the unequivocal position of the United States in his Crimea Declaration according to which the US does not and will not recognize the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. Kent also expressed admiration for the resilience and strength of the Crimean Tatar people in conditions of constant persecution.

He ended his appeal with the words “Crimea is Ukraine!” in Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages.

Today, the Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that Turkey shares the pain of the Crimean Tatars, who became victims of the deportation of 1944. The statement notes that in 1944 about 250 thousand Crimean Tatars were taken from their homeland.