De-occupation of Crimea among highest priority for Ukraine's foreign policy: President Zelensky

Crimean Tatars
Canan Sarıtepe
06 July 2021, 13:32
Canan Sarıtepe
06 July 2021, 13:32

De-occupation of Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol remains among the most important foreign policy priorities, says President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

"The transformation of Crimea into the military base on the Black Sea completely destroys security architecture in the region. Countering this requires our activity and consolidation of efforts of the international community," said the Head of State.

His statement came during the All-Ukrainian Forum “Ukraine 30. International Relations” on Monday.

The President reminded that in order to increase international pressure on Russia to de-occupy Crimea and protect the rights of all Crimeans, Ukraine initiated the establishment of the Crimean Platform, the first summit of which will take place on August 23.

He also noted that he pays special attention to countering new security challenges in the Black Sea Region, cooperation between fleets of the Black Sea states. 

"Ukraine will continue to demonstrate proactivity here because only the strengthening of our leadership positions in the Black Sea Region will help maintain peace, safety and freedom of navigation," Zelensky stressed.

The Ukrainian President believes that the world is unconditionally consolidated with Ukraine in an effort to restore its territorial integrity, as well as to counter aggressive actions of the Russian Federation.

Crimean Platform

The Crimean Platform is a new consultative and coordination format initiated by Ukraine to improve the international response to the occupation of Crimea and growing security challenges.

The Platform aims to increase international pressure on Russia, prevent further human rights violations, protect victims of the occupation regime, and achieve the goal of de-occupation of Crimea and its return to Ukraine.

The Crimean Platform will operate at several levels: The first is the highest political level, which will be joined by foreign heads of state and government. The second is the level of heads of foreign policy departments and defence ministers; the third is the inter-parliamentary level; the fourth is the level of non-governmental experts.

The activities of the Crimean Platform will be officially launched at the inaugural summit which is planned to be held in Kyiv in August 23, 2021.