Any negotiations on the liberation of Crimea will be fruitful, as long as Russia participates, said Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people (zn.ua).
The politician commented on the course of recent negotiations between Ukraine and Turkey, which took place on March 9-10, during President Petro Poroshenko’s official visit to Ankara. According to Chubarov, apart from Turkey’s participation in the talks about restoration of the Ukrainian sovereignty over Crimea (“the Geneva format”), the Turkish side also emphasized that the annexation of Crimea by Russia “ruined the balance of stability in the Black Sea region”.
He added that Turkey, along with the rest of the countries in the region, is “interested in returning that stability – which is impossible until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored. It’s one of the most important vectors of the Turkish foreign policy”.
According to Refat Chubarov, the multilateral dialogue on de-occupation of Crimea is extremely important. “Any dialogue on the issue will have results and consequences, if Russia takes part; but it doesn’t want to. So during the negotiations in Tukey, I tried to send our partners the message that Russia’s participation is necessary, but we can’t involve Russia into these talks at the cost of new and new concessions to this country. We’ve got to find a way to make Russia negotiate on de-occupation of Crimea”, he said.
Previously, Chubarov claimed that Russia is currently trying to legitimate prosecutions of Crimean Tatars in Crimea - in particular, by banning the Mejlis.