Ukraine Sets Date for Crimean Platform Summit

The Crimean Platform summit with the participation of foreign leaders is scheduled for 23 August 2021, the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine reported citing a statement by Deputy Head of the President’s Office Ihor Zhovkva.

“The date for holding the Crimean summit [Crimean Platform summit] has already been clearly set – 23 August 2021. The President’s Office works together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare appropriate invitations to the world leaders, a relevant concept, the summit’s program, and organisational issues,” the official said.

He stressed the need to make concrete decisions on the de-occupation of the peninsula at the Crimean Platform summit.

“We do not need to hold a summit and forget about this issue again. Therefore, after the summit, a declaration should obviously appear and, more importantly, a coordinated international mechanism for the de-occupation of Crimea and the protection of the rights of Ukrainians in Crimea,” Zhovkva said.

According to him, the summit is planned to be connected with celebrations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. President Volodymyr Zelensky, during his phone conversations with foreign leaders, invited them to take part in these events.

As a reminder, on 23 September 2020, President Zelensky presented the concept of the Crimean Platform to the UN and invited international partners to take part in this initiative in order to join efforts to de-occupy Crimea.

According to preliminary plans, the Crimean Platform will operate at several levels. The first – the highest – is political level, which will be joined by heads of foreign states and governments. The second is the level of foreign and defence ministers, the third is the inter-parliamentary level, and the fourth involves the participation of non-governmental experts. An expert network will be created to increase the effectiveness of the state’s actions, as well as to attract additional intellectual resources to the Platform.

Bohdan Marusyak

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