Deputy Department Spokesperson Mark C. Toner declared,Russia continues to subject Crimean Tatars to arbitrary arrests, abductions, politically motivated prosecutions, restrictions on freedom of movement, and police raids on their homes and mosques. We call on Russia to cease these unacceptable practices immediately.
"We do not recognize Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea, and we reiterate our call on Russia to return control of the peninsula to Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Moscow returns control over Crimea to Ukraine," Toner said.
Earlier, it was reported that Russia's Supreme Court confirmed the ban on Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people.
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