On June 16, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova held a meeting with representatives of the newly established Crimea Platform Expert Network, leadership of the Office of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Eastern Europe Charitable Foundation and the USAID Program Coordinator.
The main focus of the meeting were the priority steps and joint tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the expert network, in particular in preparation of the inaugural summit of the Crimea Platform on August 23 in Kyiv.
"Our team, led by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, is convinced that only by consolidating the efforts of the state and civil society will we be able to effectively counter all the negative consequences of the Russian occupation and achieve our common main goal - the de-occupation of Crimea," Emine Dzhaparova stressed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the expert network agreed to draw up a joint actions plan which will include, in particular, analytical research by the expert network, its presentation abroad, organization of public events, etc.
For reference: The Crimea Platform is a new consultative and coordination format initiated by Ukraine to increase the effectiveness of the international response to the ongoing occupation of Crimea, intensify international pressure on Russia, and achieve the main goal – de-occupation of Crimea and full restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty over the peninsula. Officially, the Crimea platform will be launched at its inaugural summit, which is scheduled to be held on August 23, 2021 in Kyiv.
The presentation of the Crimea Platform expert network took place on June 7. The expert network will bring together the representatives of Ukrainian and foreign non-governmental organizations and think tanks, human rights activists involved in researching the full range of issues caused by the Russian occupation of Crimea.