President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky hopes that draft laws important for Crimea and Crimean Tatars would pass prior to the Crimean Platform summit.
Speaking during a press conference on May 20, the Ukrainian president uttered that the inaugural summit of the Crimean platform was not only a summit for signing declarations but a platform to discuss steps on de-occupation.
"We will finally open a permanent office of the Crimean Platform. The experts, from lawyers to economists, and humanitarian professionals will engage with the issues regarding occupied Crimea on a daily basis, as well as human rights issues for people who need humanitarian aid, including those in prisons in both Crimea and Russia. This is a very serious step forward," Zelensky added.
The Head of State said that he wanted to submit to the Parliament the draft laws important for Crimea, Crimean Tatars and many Crimeans, and expressed hope that the Verkhovna Rada would have time to pass them prior to the Crimean Platform summit. "Also, there are initiatives related to the security situation in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov regions. These issues will also be considered at the meetings of the Crimean Platform," the President said.
He noted that participation in the Crimean Platform summit created a serious risk of complicating relations with the Russian Federation, which considers responding to the Crimean Platform "very challenging." However, according to him, it is very important to finally establish an official platform for the de-occupation of Crimea after seven years of war and illegal annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.