Russia should stop campaign against Crimean Tatars – US State Department

June 14, 2018

The US State Department has called on Russia to “stop the campaign against Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea”, wrote US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on her Twitter account.

"Russia should end its campaign against the Crimean Tatars in  occupied Crimea and release all those imprisoned for opposing the occupation", – the message stated.

Earlier, the US Embassy in Ukraine urged Russia to release all Ukrainian political prisoners immediately.

In the annual report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)  it was stated that Russian authorities in the annexed Crimea are pursuing the policy of harassment, intimidation and terror directed against religious groups in Crimea suspected of being disloyal to the Russian Federation.