by Ashot Safaryan
By official data, there are nearly 9,000- 11,000 thousand Armenians and most of them are not involved in the ongoing processes in Ukraine safeguarding neutrality.
"We are citizens of Ukraine and we have no problems with Ukrainians, Russians or Tatars," says Vice Chairman of the Armenian Community in Crimea Vahan Vermishyan, RFE/RL Armenia Service reports.
"The Armenian Community in Crimea makes no statements, keeps neutrality, entering in no conflicts either with the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians," Vermishyan says.
Asked about the position of Armenian in case of a referendum for Crimea's independence from Ukraine or unification with Russia, Vermishyan said that the political stance of every citizen is his personal affairs. Much depends on the social state of the people, their status and other factors, he said.
He said that attitude to Armenians in Crimea is normal, at least, now.
"There is no political or national discrimination here. Armenians in Crimea are considered as one of the people deported from Crimea along with Crimean Tatars, Greeks, Germans, and Bulgarians. There is a state program that helps us organize some cultural events, we receive financing for publication of our national magazine. We have no problems here," he said for conclusion.