Eastern Europe

Ukraine holds international forum on Crimea, Russia protests

16:05, 23 August 2021
Ukraine holds international forum on Crimea, Russia protests Photo: president.gov.ua

The Crimea Platform opened in Kyiv gathered representatives of 46 countries.

Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy launched on Monday the Crimea Platform forum, attended by representatives of almost 50 countries.

The meeting’s aim is to “put Russia under pressure over the 2014 annexation of the peninsula of Crimea” which was criticized by many countries over the world.

Ukraine's president promised to do everything he can to stop the occupation and bring the peninsula back.

We begin to write a new chapter in the history of Ukraine, in the history of Ukrainian Crimea. It is a chapter about de-occupation. De-occupation is my ultimate goal… The synergy of our efforts must force Russia to negotiate the return of our peninsula,” said the President in the opening statement.

Zelenskyy expressed regret that Ukraine had not returned Crimea yet and that too much time had been wasted.

We must not lose a day from now forth.”

The Crimea Platform welcomed 46 countries including those of the EU, the US, and Turkey. Some countries have sent their Presidents, while most representatives were ministers or Parliament presidents.

President of the European Council Charles Michel said that Crimea will never be Russian, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who announced his resignation yesterday, added that “the annexation was an arrogant violation of security in Europe”.

Moscow has already denounced the summit.

We regard this even as extremely hostile and anti-Russian,” said Press Secretary for the President Dmitry Peskov.

On Friday Kremlin imposed sanctions on Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba who dubbed them “vengeance” over the organization of the Crimean Platform.