NATO, together with Kyiv, demands that the occupied Crimean peninsula be returned to Ukraine. This was stated by NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană at the inaugural summit of the Crimean platform in Kyiv on Monday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“NATO continues to support Ukraine on its path to democratization, rule of law and security sector reform, including support for the development of the Ukrainian military's capabilities and responses to hybrid threats. NATO - together with Ukraine, we demand the return of Crimea, we confirm our readiness to support Ukraine in the struggle for freedom," Geoană said.
He recalled the words of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the alliance condemns and will never recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation.
Joana stressed that Crimea is the territory of Ukraine.
The inaugural summit of the platform took place on 23 August 2021, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.
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.