Crimean Tatars could get $26.5 million for 2014 - Temirgaliev

In talks with the Majlis of Crimean Tatars, Crimean government has offered 240 million hryvnia (roughly $26.5 million) for facilities of the deportees. In addition, Tatarstan is ready to finance the construction of mosque in Simferopol. This was announced by Rustam Temirgaliev, First Vice Prime Minister, at a press conference in Simferopol.

“We have an ongoing debate with Majlis. We offered them a number of positions in the Council of Ministers of the ARC: vice-premier, two ministers, and several deputy ministers.

We also discussed the amount we are willing to invest in a program to support the deportees. I mean financing of the facilities in residence places. Today, the agreed sum is UAH 240 million - the obligation of the Crimean government until the end of 2014,” said R. Temirgaliev.

According to him, investors from the Republic of Tatarstan (Russia) have committed themselves to finance the mosque construction in Simferopol. This proposal has also been agreed with Majlis.

“Majlis asks international mediators to act as guarantors of the agreements between the Majlis and the Crimean government. Now we are discussing that Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov will be such a guarantor. We hope that in the next 2-3 days we will come to an agreement. And there will be no grounds for threats to ethnic peace in autonomy,” said the first deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers of Crimea.

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