Refat Chubarov: “We are waiting for a response from Putin”

Refat Chubarov: “We are waiting for a response from Putin”
# 02 April 2014 14:04 (UTC +04:00)

Simferopol. Mubariz Aslanov – APA. “Tatars understand that Moscow won’t only struggle for the Crimea, but will also try it for other nations. Therefore, we are also planning our destiny in this direction,” head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars Refat Chubarov told APA.

Chubarov said Russia had openly invaded Crimea and noted that they couldn’t see the expected reaction from Ukraine and the international community from the very beginning of the events: “Thus, Russia held a referendum here and annexed Crimea according to its laws. Russia could have carried out the scenario of Abkhazia in Crimea, but annexed it. So, it left no way to get Crimea back.”

Chubarov noted that it is still unknown how Tatars will live in Crimea from now on: “The position of Tatars gathered in the Mejlis also showed that we wouldn’t live our lands. It is not clear how we will live under the terms of Russia.”
Chubarov also commented on the concerns of a part of the Tatars that they may undergo pressure by Russia again.
“Unlike the USSR, Russia is not supposed to treat the nations as it did in the past. On the contrary, Russia can be a state taking into account the nations, autonomies under it. In order to have a mighty state, any wise leadership of Russia will recognize the rights of the nations within the framework of the certain borders. Therefore, I think these concerns are groundless,” he said.

Chubarov also touched on the declaration of cultural autonomy of Tatars at the congress.

“If Russia de facto applies its laws in the Crimea, this will be our first condition,” he said.

Noting that these issues will be discussed with Vladimir Putin, Chubarov said everything will depend on the outcomes of the meeting.

“We have sent a message to Putin, are waiting for the response. A few minutes earlier, I was told that Putin had given instructions to arrange the meeting with us,” he said.

Mentioning the decision on the representation of Tatars in the local government of Crimea, Chubarov did not rule out representation in the Russian Parliament.