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Ukrainian parlament calls on UN Security Council to respond to Russia's ban of Crimean Mejlis - Speaker

Ukrainian parlament calls on UN Security Council to respond to Russia's ban of Crimean Mejlis - SpeakerUkraine's Verkhovna Rada has asked international organizations to give an assessment to Russian authorities' actions that banned the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and to convene a UN Security Council meeting, Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy said.

"I address to international organizations on behalf of the Ukrainian parliament to give a response to this crime. I address to the United Nations to consider [...] an opportunity to urgently convene the UN Security Council on this issue," Parubiy said at the Rada morning meeting on Tuesday.

Parubiy on his Facebook page said he had asked Ukraine's Foreign Ministry to discuss a possible urgent convocation of the UN Security Council.

He stressed that a ban of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars is a manifestation of "Russian fascism."

"Yesterday Justice Ministry of Russia declared Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as an extremist organization. This is for the first time after the era of dictators Stalin and Hitler people have been proclaimed as extremists. And this is a manifestation of Russian fascism," he wrote on Tuesday.

Late on April 18 it was reported that Russian Justice Ministry has placed the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People on the list of organizations suspended on account of their extremist activities, the ministry spokesperson said.

Read also: Crimean Tatar People's Mejlis declared extremist organization by Russian Justice Ministry

The move comes after the Crimean prosecutor decided to suspend this public organization.

Its current and former leaders – Ukrainian parliamentarians Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Jemilev – reside in Kyiv. The Crimean Prosecutor's Office thinks they played a part in the energy blockade of the peninsula.
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