About 400 thousand people residing in Sevastopol can influence the political processes in Crimea – Bariiev

December 20, 2019

The head of the board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Eskender Bariiev, commenting on disputes about the special status of Sevastopol, noted that in the current realities it is necessary to maintain a special status so that the city is directly administered from Kyiv, as this will limit the influence of Sevastopol residents on Crimea in whole. He stated this in a comment for Crimea.Realities media agency.

“About 400 thousand people live in Sevastopol who can influence the political processes in Crimea. If we consider the Autonomous Republic of Crimea as a national-territorial autonomy of indigenous peoples and have their quotas in parliament, then we can protect the peninsula from political influence. If we do not consider this in the context of the autonomy of indigenous peoples, then in this case it is necessary to retain a special status so that the city is managed directly from Kyiv, as this will help limit the influence of residents of Sevastopol on the Crimea in general, moreover, while commencing the procedure of deprivation of a special status, it must necessarily affect the tenth section of the Constitution to protect the rights of indigenous peoples in the territory of geographical Crimea”, – Bariiev underlined.

He is also emphasized that in any legal configuration, priority should be given to the demilitarization of Sevastopol, so that the city turns into an exclusively civilian port and resort.

We remind that earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky introduced into the Verkhovna Rada a bill amending the Constitution of the state, which does not mention the so-called special status of Sevastopol.