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 Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry welcomes EP resolution urging Russia to lift ban on Mejlis

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine welcomed the resolution adopted by the European Parliament calling on the Russian Federation to lift ban on the activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

"It is crucial that the European Parliament has strongly condemned the decision of the Russian occupation authorities to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and demanded its immediate abolition considering that decision to be systematic and well-directed persecution of the Crimean Tatars and politically motivated action aimed at further intimidation of the official representatives of the Crimean Tatar community," the statement reads.

It is noted that the resolution also strongly condemns the persistent repression against the Crimean activists by occupation authorities of Crimea, including arbitrary detentions, abductions, violence, torture, executions without trial, forced imposition of the Russian citizenship on the residents of Crimea and their further illicit transfer to Russia.

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The Foreign Ministry stressed that Ukraine was grateful for the European Parliament's support of the idea to impose sanctions against persons involved in the prohibition of the Mejlis activity, as well as appeals by the EP to the EU institutions to provide financial support for the Mejlis activity.

The European Parliament urged to strive for the immediate peaceful reintegration of occupied Crimea in Ukraine's legal environment in accordance with international law and once again supported the initiative of Ukraine to establish an international mechanism for negotiation to restore Ukrainian sovereignty over Crimea in the 'Geneva plus' format with the direct involvement of the EU.

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"We highly appreciate the steadfast, clear, and consistent support for the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine in conditions of ongoing Russian aggression, as well as careful attention to the fate of the Crimean Tatars and social activists in occupied Crimea," the statement by the Foreign Ministry press service reads.
 
 
 
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