19:42 Apr. 27, 2016
Turkey: naming Mejlis "an extremist organization" is attempt to intimidate Crimean Tatars
Turkey strongly condemned the decision of the Russian court to ban the activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, listed as an "extremist organization." Banning the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people is Russia's attempt to intimidate the Crimean Tatars, said Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu during a meeting with his Ukraine's colleague Pavlo Klimkin in Beijing, China.
The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry stressed that the Mejlis was a legitimately elected body of the Crimean Tatar people, formed in a democratic manner on the basis of free will and thus reflecting the will of the Crimean Tatars.
Ankara called the court's ruling to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars the last link of steps aimed at disrupting the unity and integrity of native peninsula residents.
Crimea was forcibly annexed by Russian Federation in March 2014. Since then the pressure on the Crimean Tatars opposing the Russia's Crimea occupation has increased noticeably.
Reported by UNIAN