The Crimean Tatar leader lobbied for the passage of the UN resolution on the demilitarization of occupied Crimea on December 17 in large part because “there for the first time was a reference to the Budapest Memorandum.” It is “very important,” he says, that the UN specified that Russia’s militarization of Crimea is “a violation of the Budapest memorandum.
“Our next goal,” Dzhemilyev says, “is the creation of a platform for the return of Crimea on the basis of the Budapest Memorandum. We will continue work in this direction.” While in Washington, he met with US congressmen who expressed their support for this effort. Moscow will oppose it, but its opposition “is not that important.”
More than once, the Crimean Tatar leader says, when speaking with Western leaders, he has said that if the West had treated the Russian occupation of Georgian territory as an occupation, “the occupation of Crimea would not have happened.” But unfortunately, Western governments did not do so.
And then he adds: “I do not exclude that the peninsula can be de-occupied at the price of the disintegration of Russia. The stupidities Putin is acting upon could lead to that.”