"I consider it the equivalent of genocide", US Ambassador to the OSCE Michael Carpenter on the Russian mobilization of the Crimean Tatars

Ukrainian News
04 October 2022, 19:46
04 October 2022, 19:46

Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the OSCE, called the illegal mobilization of the Russian Crimean Tatars equivalent to genocide. This was reported by the press service of the Presidential Representation in Crimea on the Facebook page.

Permanent Representative Tamila Tasheva and head of the Crimean Platform Support Service Maria Tomak met with the US Ambassador to the OSCE on the sidelines of the Warsaw Security Forum.

It is noted that the ambassador is known for his position and powerful statements within the framework of the OSCE regarding the Russian Federation's war against Ukraine, and is actively interested in the topic of occupied Crimea. Therefore, the delegation from the Representation provided him with only the necessary updated information, in particular, regarding the announced criminal mobilization, which is deliberately aimed primarily at representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people.

"I consider it equivalent to genocide, there is no other word to call it. We must do everything in our power to stop this practice," Carpenter commented on the criminal mobilization and political persecution of Crimean Tatars.

Tamila Tasheva said that many Crimean Tatars try to leave the occupied Crimea for Asian countries, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, in order to save themselves from illegal conscription and sending to war against their own state.

"It looks like a repetition of the deportation of 1944, only with different methods – people are not taken away by force, but conditions are created in which they have a choice only between death on the battlefield or fleeing from their own homes. In this way, Russia continues its policy of colonization of occupied Crimea, so that no native population remains on the peninsula, no Ukrainians remain – no one except the colonizers-occupiers," Tasheva emphasized.

The Permanent Representative thanked Ambassador Carpenter for the fact that the US Delegation to the OSCE organized the event "Decolonization of the Russian Empire" on September 26, as part of the Warsaw Security Forum.

Also, Tasheva and Tomak drew Carpenter's attention to the anti-war resistance in the temporarily occupied Crimea, which continues to gain momentum.