Crimean Tatars against recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Ukraine

The Armenian Genocide bill introduced in the Ukrainian Parliament has irritated Mustafa Dzhemilev, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and a member of the Batkivshchyna Party.

“Even if the bill passes the Parliament, I don’t believe the President will have enough will to sign it,” Dzhemilev said, Yerkramas newspaper of Armenians of Russia reports.

According to him, the preparation of the given document is an inconsiderate and unsound step. “The number of Turkic nations in Ukraine is much greater than that of Armenians. The authors of the bill should be aware of the consequences it’s adoption could lead to,” the MP said, adding that Ukraine’s relations with Azerbaijan, Turkey and other Turkic nations could spoil.

Polemika.com.ua quotes Dzhemilev as saying that he will talk to Arsen Avakov, one of the co-authors of the bill, who is a member of the Batkivshchyna Party.

“I will tell him that this step is unacceptable. If the faction supports the decision, I will withdraw from it. At the same time, we’ll tell other MPs that the step will be a blow to Ukraine’s foreign policy,” he said.

The MP added that should the Armenian Genocide bill be adopted, it could lead to the mass protests of Turkic-speaking nations of Ukraine.

The bill on the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1922 perpetrated at the hands of the Ottoman Empire was introduced in the Ukrainian Supreme Rada. The document has been authored by member of the Batkivshchyna Party Arsen Avakov, members of the Party of Regions Vilen Shatvoryan and Never Mkhitaryan.

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