Offices of the Crimean Platform, aimed at de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, will operate not only in Ukraine but also in a number of other countries. This was announced by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"The Crimean platform will exist not only in Kyiv. There will be a central office in Kyiv, and in many countries where there are signatories, certain areas related to the de-occupation of Crimea will be opened there," the head of state said.
Volodymyr Zelensky also recalled that the idea of creating such a platform came to him after a meeting in the Normandy format, at which it was proposed not to touch on the topic of the peninsula.
“When I raised the issue of Crimea, they told me: this question should not being raised. I asked: where is this issue being raised? Both the UN and the European Union always support Ukraine – this is true, but where the issue of militarization, de-occupation of Crimea, all problematic humanitarian issues social issues, etc. are discussed in detail? Do we have such a platform? There is no such platform,” the President noted.
Crimean Platform is a diplomatic initiative of Ukraine. It is designed to be an international coordination mechanism to restore Russia–Ukraine relations by means of reversing the 2014 annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. The protection of the human rights of Crimean Tatars, environmental degradation, and the stifling of trade in the Black and Azov Sea region are also matters discussed at the summit. The inaugural summit of the platform will take place on 23 August 2021, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.
Representatives of 46 countries and organizations are expected at the summit on August 23.
As reported before, German Chancellor Angela Merkel explained why she would not be able to attend the Crimean Platform summit - her absence does not indicate a desire to please Russia, and the replacement of the German representative is connected only with the events in Afghanistan.