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 Poroshenko: "Crimea is part of Ukraine; we will defend rights of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians"

During a meeting with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders, Luxembourg Jean Asselborn, and the Netherlands Bert Koenders, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Ukraine will defend the rights of Ukrainians in the occupied Crimea and expressed hopes Ukraine's international partners will support it in this issue.

Censor.NET reports referring to president's official website.

"We are really concerned over the situation in Crimea. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians, including Crimean Tatars, are facing massive pressure from the Russian authorities," the president said.

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The head of state stressed the necessity of assistance and coordination with international partners in the issue of liberating arrested activists, restoring Crimea's media broadcasting, as well as lifting the exclusion against the Crimean Tatar leaders.

"We are not satisfied with today's status quo, when the occupational authorities neglect basic rights of Crimean Tatars. These irresponsible actions caused significant escalation between the activists and occupational authorities," the president underlined.

According to Poroshenko, due to such situation in the peninsula, he submitted a letter Nov. 4 to the Cabinet of Ministers with an offer to immediately set up a working group on the termination of freight transport communication and trade turnover with temporarily occupied Crimea, as well as the elaboration of a respective draft decision. The head of state offered introducing temporary termination of road and railroad freight transport communication with Crimea in both directions before the adoption of such decision. He also expressed confidence that the issue of energy supply should be solved by the working group with the account of the above objectives.

Read more: Cabinet imposes temporary ban on import of goods in occupied Crimea

"Crimea is territory of Ukraine and we will protect the legitimate interests of Crimean Tatars and all Ukrainians living in the occupied territory. I hope that our international partners will continue to adhere to the policy of non-recognition of Crimea's occupation by the Russian Federation," the president said.
 
 
 
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