13:12 04.11.2015

Ukraine must disconnect Crimea from power grid to protect Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians' human rights – Chubarov

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Ukraine must disconnect Crimea from power grid to protect Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians' human rights – Chubarov

The Ukrainian government must disconnect Crimea from the power grid as a warning to the Crimean authorities against violating the human rights of the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, MP Refat Chubarov has said.

"We demand that the government disconnects Crimea from the power grid for two or three days to influence [the Crimean authorities] to protect human rights in Crimea," Chubarov said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

The Mejlis has called for an embargo to be launched against Crimea with the involvement of international institutions as soon as possible.

Chubarov said that if this is done, then the next day the human rights situation will improve.

"What hinders [Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodomyr] Demchyshyn from showing [de-facto Prime Minister of Crimea Sergey] Aksyonov that we can and will protect our people in Crimea?" he said.

Chubarov said that Russia has previously taken similar measures to influence Ukraine, for example, by disconnecting the country from the gas system.

"There is a large likelihood, I think 99%, that Russia from January 1, 2016 will announce a food embargo against us: it will stop us buying our agricultural products as the economic part of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement will take effect," he said.

He also said that he discussed scrapping the free economic zone with Crimea at a meeting of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction, and the Ukrainian president reiterated that the law is to be revoked.

"We're working with specialists, but we have a lot of discussion on electricity. Without this issue we will not realize our main task to protect the people," Chubarov said.

He said that the results of the 45 days blockade Crimea are tangible: the flow of food, industrial goods, and raw materials has completely stopped, as well as imports of finished products from Crimea.

"The only good left is electricity. Talks on revoking the free economic zone are being held, although they have not yet come to the parliament with the agreed draft law that would be supported," he said.

Chubarov said that the Crimean authorities have also started to repress the organizers and participants of the civil blockade.

"The blockage would not be stopped, but it could change its form," he added.