President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has declined the offer of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to pay a visit to Kyiv on Independence Day and the first Crimean Platform summit as Politico reported.
“Zelensky had written to von der Leyen to invite her to Kyiv to attend a 30th anniversary celebration of Ukrainian independence, as well as a first-ever “Crimean Platform” summit meeting, which is aimed at showing support for Ukrainian sovereignty over the peninsula that was invaded and annexed by Russia in 2014,” the message says.
In answer to Zelensky’s invitation, Head of the Administration Bjoern Seibert sent a letter with refusal under his signature; the refusal is explained by ‘heavy agenda’; however, at the end of August, Brussels and institutions of the EU will be closed for summer holidays. Besides, he expressed regrets on behalf of the European Commission President. The fact that the answer was not under the name of Ursula von der Leyen violates the customary protocol.
“We have no comment on correspondence between the Commission and the authorities of third countries,” Commission’s chief spokesman Eric Mamer said refusing to comment on the incident.
Zelensky’s team has also not commented on the events yet.
However, Policy of the Country Telegram channel has commented on the incident.
“The real reasons are next. Firstly, unwillingness to exacerbate relations with Moscow that has already warned that it would treat the participation in the Crimean Platform as an attack on territorial integrity.
Secondly, the unwillingness to stay together with Erdogan who actively supports the Crimean Platform. On the eve, Ursula von der Leyen was caught up in a scandal, when during the meeting with Erdogan he did not offer her a chair.
It is not excluded that the refusal of the President of the European Commission would not be one and only in Crimean Platform participation. It is possible that even Erdogan will not come not to ruin relations with Russia,” the message said.
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. It is expected that the summit would be held on August 23.
Besides, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine would create the Crimean Platform to protect the rights of Crimean citizens and de-occupy the peninsula.