First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova informed the ambassadors of the EU countries about the situation in occupied Crimea and presented them the Crimean Platform initiative as the Foreign Ministry reported.
She told the European diplomats that the most urgent problems in the peninsula are the violation of human rights, norms of the international humanitarian law, restriction of the freedom of speech and religious freedoms, racial discrimination, militarization, a threat to the freedom of navigation in the Black and Azov Seas and the challenges for the security of broader region of Mediterranean and Middle East.
Emine Dzhaparova thanked the EU countries for consistent support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including the introduction of the anti-Russian sanctions and urged them to strengthen them as the response to the holding of the so-called local elections in occupied Crimea by Russia and mass violations of human rights on the peninsula.
Moreover, she provided the European partners with the details of the concept of the Crimean platform and invited their states to join it.
The ambassadors were offered to participate in the Crimean Platform summit that should be held in the first half of 2021.
Earlier, it was reported that the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine plans to hold the Crimean summit with the participation of the Russian side. The holding of the summit is planned for 2021.
Besides, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine would create the Crimean Platform to protect the rights of Crimean citizens and de-occupy the peninsula.