: Crimean Tatar leaders discuss occupation and de-occupation of Crimea with Polish President

12:40 Jul. 7, 2016

Crimean Tatar leaders discuss occupation and de-occupation of Crimea with Polish President

Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov arrived with an official visit to Poland On July 5. (Facebook)

Dzhemilev and Chubarov thank Poland for the support it provides to Ukraine

The Head of the Ukrainian President's Commission for the Crimean Tatar People and MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, and the Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Refat Chubarov met with the Polish President Andrzej Duda on July 6 in Warsaw.

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During their meeting, the Russian annexation of Crimea and possible ways of de-occupation of the peninsula were highly on the agenda, according to Dzhemilev's press service.

‘We have expressed profound gratitude to both Poland's President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their support of our position, and the position of Ukraine, especially in the issues concerning Crimea and prolongation of the sanctions against the aggressor,' the statement says.

The parties also touched on the problems of Crimean education system: ‘We have discussed the possibility for our youth to pursue higher education in Poland. The negotiations continue in the Ministry of Education and Science, the results will be disclosed later.'

Read also Telegraph: Crimea Tatars endure second tragedy under Russian rule

Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov arrived with an official visit to Poland On July 5. On July 8-9 they will participate in the Expert Forum of Warsaw NATO Summit.

Last year Ukraine's parliament has officially proclaimed February 20, 2014 as the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia.

International organizations slammed Crimea occupation and annexation as illegal and condemned Moscow's actions. Consequently, the Western countries introduced a number of sanctions against Russia. Russia declined to acknowledge the occupation of the peninsula and in its turn labelled it as a ‘restoration of historical justice'.

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