13:58 Apr. 11, 2016
Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev addresses Lithuanian parliament
International Congress of the Crimean Tatars is taking place in the parliament of Lithuania on April 11. Speaking at the event, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev said his nation found itself "under the totalitarian and fascist regime," after their homeland was invaded and annexed by Russia in 2014.
"Crimean Tatar people are in a difficult situation. The people, who for decades fought for democracy and return to their homeland, are once again under the totalitarian and fascist regime, and many are forced to leave their homeland "- Dzhemilev said.
"We have reliance in the common sense of the international community. It is not only us who are under threat – if we appease the aggressor, the whole world may suffer", - the leader of the Crimean Tatars said from the podium.
Lithuanian FM Linas Linkevičius in his turn, noted that Crimea issue and the position of the Crimean Tatars is a litmus test for the whole international community.
"We can see the suffering, caused to other peoples by the current events in Ukraine. And if long ago they attacked with bombs, now the attack is made through propaganda, sending arrows into the hearts of people," Linkevicius said.
"By advancing this issue on the international stage, we show our commitment to the international values. We raise your question not only to help you and make you like us. Your destiny is a litmus test of how the world reacts to these problems. So far the results of this test are not so good, but we will continue working," Lithuania's top diplomat added.