"We received requests from the president of Ukraine and our Western partners including the United States. We were also appealed to in Belgrade at the session of the OSCE Ministerial Council. After all, the Europeans are concerned that people in Crimea feel bad without energy. We decided that we should not mar relations with the Western allies, and made such a concession," he said.
"There are a number of reasons on top of that. First one is to deliver energy not only in Crimea but also in part of the Kherson region because the energy is supplied in Crimea through Kakhovka - Tytan power transmission line and then to Chaplynka and Kalanchak from there. If this line is not connected, these areas will remain blacked-out. Only one destroyed transmission tower is restored, two others will not be repaired," he said.
"Second. We were told about the threat emerging at the Tytan plant in Crimea without power: an environmental disaster may take place there," Dzhemilev said.
He told that if Russia does not accept the conditions of the Crimean Tatar people before Jan. 1, the new contract for the supply of energy from the mainland Ukraine to Crimea will not be concluded.
"The third reason: there is an agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the supply of energy in Crimea. It is very vicious and wrong. The Prosecutor General's Office is currently carrying out investigation into this agreement but it exists nevertheless. The Kakhovka - Tytan power transmission line that delivers 220 megawatts will operate until Jan. 1, 2016 under this contract. If a new agreement will be concluded for 2016, it must take our demands into account. This includes release of political prisoners, human rights monitoring in the peninsula, investigation into the killings and kidnappings, the observance of democratic freedoms," he said.
"And there is another important point of our demands: the contract must read that the electricity will be supplied from the territory of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine), occupied by the Russian Federation," Dzhemilev said.
According to him, the Ukrainian government has provided guarantees that it will take into account demands of the Crimean Tatars. "The agreement is not signed by the presidents but concluded at the intergovernmental level - between the Energy Ministries of the two countries. Yatseniuk has clearly said that the contract must contain demands of the brotherly Crimean Tatar people," Dzhemilev said.
He predicts that Russia will not accept these terms. "I give only one chance out of a hundred that these terms will not be accepted by the Russian side. Most likely, the agreement will not be signed, and the Kakhovka - Tytan transmission line will operate only until Dec. 31. Then Ukraine will stop deliveries on legal grounds. We said at the very beginning that it was not us but the state that should carry out blockade. According to sociological research, 80% of Ukrainian citizens support the blockade," he said.