The Ukrainian authorities refused to Finance the Crimean Tatar ATR channel, which stopped broadcasting last spring in Russia, having re-registered as a Russian media. Currently, due to the circumstances, the guide channel is considering moving to Lithuania, reports Flash Crimea.
“Money for the current activities will be enough at least until the end of the year. Previously promised funding from the state budget of Ukraine in the amount of 40 million hryvnias annually allocated was not”, – explained to journalists the source in the guide channel.
Chief editor of news channel Osman Pashayev, in turn, did not rule out that due to lack of funding ATR may move to Lithuania. “We have a Lithuania lot of historical ties, they are always a lot of support. For example, in the spring the Executive Committee of the Congress of the Crimean Tatars was held in the building of the Seimas of Lithuania. The position on Crimea, all the political leaders of Lithuania is unambiguous”, – quotes “Ukrainian truth”.
Pashayev recognized that by its decision the Ukrainian government promised to channel 40 million annual aid from the state, but the Ministry of Finance, the money was never allocated. “The last argument is economic – if the European Commission will implement the recommendation on the financial support of the European Parliament (the ninth paragraph of the resolution of the European Parliament in the Crimea from 04.02.2016. – Approx. NEWSru.com), then we physically advantageous to place the channel in the EU with the lowest cost of its maintenance”, – said Pashayev.
The media group belongs to the ATR Crimean Tatar activist and businessman Lenur islyamov. In the media group also includes children’s channel Lâle, Meydan radio broadcasting in Crimea, the online newspaper 15minut.org and publisher Qartbaba production.
Private Crimean-Tatar TV channel ATR was initially in the Crimea, however, 1 APR 2015 stopped broadcasting after re-registration under Russian law. Over time, the channel, acting as an opposition to Crimean authorities, resumed its broadcasts from the territory of Ukraine.