U.S. condemns detention of Crimean Tatars, calls for immediate release

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
06 September 2021, 15:40
Canan Kevser
06 September 2021, 15:40

The United States strongly condemned Russia's detention of the deputy head of Crimean Tatars' Mejlis and at least 45 other Crimean Tatars.

The U.S. State Department called on the Russian occupation authorities to release detainees immediately, according to a statement published by the department spokesperson Ned Price on Sunday.

"The United States strongly condemns the September 4 detention of the Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Nariman Dzhelal, and at least 45 other Crimean Tatars by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea. We call on the Russian occupation authorities to release them immediately," the statement wrote.

"This is the latest in a long line of politically-motivated raids, detentions, and punitive measures against the Mejlis and its leadership, which has been targeted for repression for its opposition to Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea," it added.

The State Department recalled that the U.S. reaffirmed during the August 23 Crimea Platform Summit - Crimea is Ukraine, the State Department said the country is unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

The State Department recalled that the U.S. reaffirmed during the August 23 Crimea Platform Summit, Crimea is Ukraine, the State Department said that the country is unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.