He spoke about the scale of the talks that were held between Presidents Petro Poroshenko and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"I cannot compare it to liberation. Liberation is freedom, something that you fight for. This is not just freedom of some individuals, but the freedom of my people, my land, my country. But holding this special operation out of fear - I cannot call it differently... When the paper says they must let me go home, but then people wearing balaclavas without insignia come and take me away. Three years later I recognized those eyes of fascists who were taking me away. I could see they didn't want to do that," he said.
Chiygoz believes his liberation is a sign that the global community is opposing the Kremlin's activities.
"When we were in the air, I understood why they [people wearing balaclavas - ed.] were angry. Because they wanted to, but weren't able to tear us apart. This release is a symbol. Our people has felt they are supported, that our country and my homeland will not be allowed to tear apart. That the Ukrainian people is able to fight for its independence. That our president will fight for freedom of every citizen. My people went through even worse days, maybe this is why we go through it much easier," the Mejlis leader said.
Earlier, Umerov and Chiygoz were released by Russia and extradited from Crimea to Turkey.
In 2016, FSB investigators initiated a criminal case against Crimean Tatar, deputy head of Mejlis and participant of Crimean Tatars national liberation movement Ilmi Umerov. He is charged with public calls to violate the territorial integrity of Russia.
Umerov's detention, search and the criminal case, and his keeping in psychiatric hospital and pushing through forced psychiatric expertise stirred global response.
Simferopol city court controlled by the Kremlin started hearing the case against Umerov on June 7, 2017. Umerov believes his case is politically charged.
On Sept. 11, the Supreme Court of Russia-occupied Crimea sentenced Chiygoz to eight years in prison.
On Aug. 2, 2016 Russian-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea started to consider materially "the case of Feb. 26" against Akhtem Chiygoz. Earlier, on July 20, 2016, during hearing in camera, the court divided "the case of Feb. 26" into two separate cases: one against Akhtem Chiygoz and another against the rest of the defendants.
After Crimea was occupied by Russia, Kremlin puppets started trials against Crimean Tatar activists who participated in protests in support of Ukraine's territorial integrity. The events took place on Feb. 26, 2014. According to occupant authorities, two protesters were killed in a stampede, 79 people received injuries. Those detained in connection with the case - Akhtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov, and Mustafa Degermendzhy - were named political prisoners by Russian Memorial human rights center. Source: /n460720