Mikhail Kasyanov took part in the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), dedicated to the memory of Boris Nemtsov. According to the report, Kasyanov noted the worsening of economic and political situation in Russia.
"Please accept my assurances that Crimea will eventually be liberated and returned to Ukraine," Kasyanov was quoted by Dzhemilev's press service as saying.
Earlier, the Russian opposition figure noted that according to the UN Charter, only the Crimean Tatars had the right to raise the question regarding self-determination of the peninsula.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced Feb. 20, 2014 the date of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea by Russia. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant law on Oct. 7, 2015. Western countries did not recognize the annexation of Crimea and imposed economic sanctions against the Russian Federation and the Crimea-occupying authorities. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula, calling it the "reinstatement of historical truth."