On 17 November 2020, First Deputy Minister Emine Dzhaparova took part in a meeting with the ambassadors of the EU Member States, hosted by the EU Delegation to Ukraine. The meeting’s participants also heard briefings from Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych and Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov.
The First Deputy Minister informed the partners about the current situation in the temporary occupied Crimea. Among the most pressing problems, she has noted violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, curtailment of freedom of speech and religious freedom, racial discrimination, militarization, threats to freedom of navigation in the Black and Azov Seas, and security challenges to the wider region of Mediterranean and Middle East.
Emine Dzhaparova thanked the EU countries for their consistent support of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including through the introduction of sanctions against Russia, and called for their enhancement in response to conduct of the so-called "local elections" by Russia in the temporarily occupied Crimea and mass human rights violations on the peninsula.
Further to the discussion of the Crimean Platform in various formats in Brussels, the First Deputy Minister presented the details of this concept to the partners and invited their states to join its activities. She also invited the EU Member States to take part in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform, scheduled for the first half of 2021.
During the subsequent exchange, representative of EU member-states thanked for the provided explanations of the Platform’s goals and envisioned activities. The comprehensive discussion became an important element in the process of preparation to the launch of the Crimean Platform.