: Russia will not follow international advice in Mejlis issue - Dmitry Peskov

16:36 Apr. 22, 2016

Russia will not follow international advice in Mejlis issue - Dmitry Peskov

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov speaks to the Associated Press in Moscow on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Peskov says the Russian leader has no connection whatsoever to offshore accounts allegedly owned by his close friend, a Russian mu

Kremlin insists Tatars' activity in Crimea is purely Russian domestic issue

Russian Federation is not obliged to follow the international opinion while dealing with its domestic issues. This is how Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov reacted at the U.S. Department of State's appeal for cancelling the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. Peskov insists recognizing the institution as terroristic and objectionable is fully under Russian legal competence and cannot be affected from abroad.

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The so-called Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya responded with an advise. In her opinion, if the U.S. authorities defend the Crimean Tatars' rights and consider Mejlis a democratic organization, they should allow their activity in the U.S.

On April 18, Russia officially recognized Crimean Tatar Mejlis as 'extremist' organization and prohibited its activity. Ukraine immediately answered saying the self-appointed Russian-backed Crimean government strictly violates the rights of the local citizens by "deliberately humiliating the dignity of the Crimean Tatars."

On April 22, U.S. Department of State joined its Ukrainian counterparts calling on Moscow to cancel the prohibition of Crimean Tatar People's Mejlis.

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