The EU commented the release of the representatives of the Crimean Tatars Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz and called it good news. Also, the EU demanded from Russia to lift the ban from the Mejlis as it is claimed at the statement of the EU spokesperson.
According to the statement, the EU does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and use of the Russian legislation at these territories.
‘The European Union urges Russia to change its decision on the ban of Crimean Tatar Mejlis activity and to not violate the rights of the Crimean Tatars, particularly the rights to the gatherings and freedom of thought and speech. All citizens of Ukraine who are illegally withheld at the territory of the Crimean peninsula and Russia should be immediately released’, the EU claimed.
‘Supreme court of Crimea’ called Mejlis the extremist organization and banned its activity at the territory of Russia in April 2016.
Representatives of Crimea Tatar Mejlis Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz judged by occupation court of Russia were extradited to Turkey on October 25.