'Crimean Blockade' Organizer Brags About Receiving Assistance From Turkey
Lenur Islyamov, one of the organizers of the so-called Crimean blockade, says that the Turkish defense ministry has promised to provide his group with assistance for the formation of a 560-man volunteer battalion, to be comprised of Crimean Tatar nationalist volunteers.
26 December, 2015
In an interview for the Odessa Crisis Media Center, cited by Russia's RIA Novosti, Islyamov, the Tatar nationalist organizer who earlier published photos of himself posing with Turkish Grey Wolves militants, and who has since declared that his activists were preparing for a 'naval blockade' of Crimea, said that the Turkish defense ministry would assist his group by providing it with clothing and footwear.
Commenting on the Tatar radical's remarks, Franz Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense, emphasized that Turkey has long been involved in attempts to play the 'Crimean Tatar card' against Russia.