20 May 2019, 16:58

"Persecutions of Crimean Tatars continue." Czech Foreign Ministry issued a statement on anniversary of 1944 deportation

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The Czech Republic condemns the persecution of the Crimean Tatars on the territory of the peninsula illegally annexed by Russia.

The Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, Tomáš Petříček, made a relevant statement on the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars.

The Minister’s statement notes that more than 200 thousand Crimean Tatars were deported by the Soviet regime in May 1944 and tens of thousands died.

Five years after the illegal Russian occupation, persecution of the Crimean Tatars and other inhabitants returned to the peninsula. Today, for political reasons, they are again imprisoned and driven out of their homes. The Czech Republic condemns politically and nationally motivated persecution of the people of Crimea, which it considers part of Ukraine.

May 18, US Assistant Secretary of State George Kent in his video message called the deportation of the Crimean Tatars a crime against humanity. A spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy, said that Turkey shared the pain of the Crimean Tatars, victims of the 1944 deportation.