The chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Refat Chubarov, believes that the issue of return of Crimea, annexed by Russia, should be addressed in parallel with the problems in Donbas.
He said this at a news conference at Ukrinform on Friday.
“The issue of the return of Crimea should stand at the same level with the fight against terrorists. Someone seems that there is an order: let’s agree on the completion of the ATO, take up the de-escalation, and then the return of Crimea. But such a procedure is impossible. We should talk about three priorities simultaneously,” Chubarov said.
He also added that the issue of violation of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people will be a serious argument during the negotiation process.
“Nevertheless, but all the events in Ukraine will result in global negotiations. We must fight with terrorists, but also prepare for the negotiations. To weaken the Russian side there should an unquestioning argument concerning Crimea. Its capture is a violation of the rights of indigenous peoples,” Chubarov emphasized.