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“There is no war in Crimea but peace”

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Unver Sel, President of Crimean Tatars Cultural Associations Federation has evaluated the case of Crimean Tatars who live in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia on February 27 last year and then joined Russia by a referendum.

Sel has compared the political situation in Crimea under the rule of Ukraine and Russia, and said that the Russian politicians were also effective during the Ukrainian rule. Sel said: “Russia’s annexation of Crimea was expected. After the dissolution of Russia in 1991, Crimea was not really a part of Ukraine until it joined Russia in 2014. Ethnically Russian Ukrainian citizens always had the top positions at the local administration of Crimea. The Crimean Tatar political staffs who have resisted joining Russia have worked together with those political staff of Russian ethnicity.”

THERE IS PEACE IN CRIMEA

Sel continued: “Almost all the population in Crimea today have no problems with Russia. Most of their economy depends on Russia. The timid attitude of some Crimean Tatars is not because of Russia. This is because of the memories of exile on May 18, 1944. We need time to change this. There is peace in Crimea now. People continue their daily lives. If Tatars and Russians were under the effect of imperial politics in Crimea, then they would have a civil war as in Ukraine. Referendum in Crimea made peace possible. People have joined Russia with their vote.”

UKRAINE GAVE UP ON CRIMEA

Sel added: “Ukraine has practically given up on Crimea. It prevents electricity and water circulation and receives fees. The border gate between Ukraine and Crimea was shut down by Ukraine. The isolation in Crimea indicates that the political perspective of Ukraine is not straight forward. Tatars, Russians and Ukrainians living in Crimea do not see their future in Ukraine.”

PEOPLE ARE FULL OF HOPE

Sel also said: “People are not unhappy in Crimea. They even expect that things will be better. Only problem is the embargo implemented by Ukraine and by oppressions of imperialists such as USA, EU and NATO. Basic necessities such as food, garment, construction etc. are very hard to be imported into the country.”

 

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Times of Turkey

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