Crimea is Ukraine: US: Russia's ban of Mejlis - illegitimate, Crimea is Ukraine

12:20 Oct. 1, 2016

US: Russia's ban of Mejlis - illegitimate, Crimea is Ukraine

A Crimean Tatar man holds the Tatar flag at a protest against the country's breakup outside Simferopol, Ukraine, March 14, 2014. (AP Images)

US State Department called Russian Supreme Court's decision to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people ‘illegitimate'

The United States did not recognize the legitimacy of the Russian Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the ban of Crimean Tatars' self-governing body, the Mejlis, the US Department of State's press service reported. "We reject the characterization of the Mejlis as an 'extremist' organization and condemn the suspension of this democratic institution. This decision is particularly troubling given Russia's systematic and unjust mistreatment of Crimean Tatars," Deputy Department Spokesperson Mark Toner stated.

"Russia continues to subject Crimean Tatars to arbitrary arrests, abductions, politically motivated prosecutions, restrictions on freedom of movement, and police raids on their homes and mosques. We call on Russia to cease these unacceptable practices immediately," Toner emphasized.

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The deputy department spokesperson also reminded that the US does not recognize Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea and calls on Russia to return control of the peninsula to Ukraine. Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Moscow returns control over Crimea to Ukraine, statement stresses.

As reported, the Supreme Court of Russian Federation has recognized as legitimate the ban of Crimean Tatars executive-representative body - Mejlis - in occupied Crimea. The reason for this is that Mejlis refuses to acknowledge the annexation of Crimea and demands to return it to Ukraine.

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