Putin wanted to show Crimeans that Crimea is a “part of Russia” – Bariiev

November 9, 2021

Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Head of the Department of Legal and Foreign Affairs of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Eskender Bariiev, in an interview with the Crimea.Realities media agency commented on the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the occupied Crimea.


“On the Day of National Unity, Putin could be in Moscow, visit the Caucasus or the Urals, but he went to Crimea to send a message to Russian citizens, on the one hand, that Crimea is a “part of Russia.” On the other hand, to send a message to the Crimeans that they (the Russian authorities) are here for a long time. And also give a message to Belarus that Crimea is part of the project of the implementation of the Union State”,- the expert said.

Bariiev added that the process of creating the Union State of Russia and Belarus poses a threat to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries and, therefore, requires a response from the authorities of other states.