The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, MP of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev believes that the publication of the “Kremlin Report” by the US Treasury Department is a step towards the de-occupation of Crimea.
He emphasized: “It is our opinion that de-occupation of Crimea can only take place when Russia suffers substantial damage and it will leave Crimea for the sake of lifting the sanctions… Maybe Putin will not make concessions immediately, and in general, he might never make concessions, but his entourage will start thinking where this man is leading his country”.
The US Department of the Treasury issued a document on January 30 with a list of persons against whom sanctions may be imposed and who have close contacts with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. This list was called the “Kremlin Report”, it involves 114 officials of Russia and 96 oligarchs.
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The report includes the leaders of the administration of the President of Russia, in particular, the Head of the Administration Anton Vayn, his deputy Aleksei Gromov, the press secretary of Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov, the President’s advisor Vladislav Surkov. Also, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, Gazprom head Aleksei Miller, director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin and FSB director Aleksandr Bortnikov got to the list.
A day earlier, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said that Moscow believes the “Kremlin Report” is an attempt to influence the Russian President’s election on March 18.
International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea unlawful and condemned Russia’s actions. Western countries imposed a series of economic sanctions on the state. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a restoration of historical justice.
The start of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia was officially announced by the Ukrainian Parliament on February 20, 2014.