Crimean Blackout: electricity in exchange for political prisoners

Source : 112 Ukraine

Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of Crimean Tatar people said that electricity supply to the peninsula may be resumed if Russian authorities will release political prisoners
12:33, 26 November 2015

Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of Crimean Tatar people, said that the participants of energy blocade of Crimea don't see any need to restore the electricity supply to the peninsula, Krym Realia.

'There are no specific plans now. I guess I will have to talk to the President (Ukraine - ed.), if it is possible because he is always very busy', - said Dzhemilev.

He added that now the repair works are carring out on the one of the lines, where electricity is supplied to the Crimea. According to Dzhemilev, blackout is a signal to Russian authorities - if they released any of the political prisoners, electricity supply will be restored.

'They have to make some reciprocal steps. I believe they must release Akhtem Chyihoz, the important figures. But nothing has been done. That is why there is such a pressure from the public, what's the heck we have to turn on them light', - said Dzhemilev .

According to the MP, Ukrainian government insists on that fact, that supply should be resumed in Crimea because under the terms of agreements, which were concluded between Kyiv and Moscow, Ukraine has to pay large fines for failures. At the same time, according to Dzhemilev, Crimean Tatars consider that energy blockade must continue.

Related: Putin promises to overcome the problems of energy supply in occupied Crimea

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