On 18 November 2020, First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova was in a video meeting with Axel Kenes, Director General for Multilateral Affairs and Globalisation of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Emine Dzhaparova congratulated the Belgian side on the completion of coalition talks and a successful formation of a new Federal Government. She also expressed gratitude to Belgium for supporting Ukraine’s European integration, aiming to achieve EU and NATO membership, as well as for keeping up the EU sanctions policy against the Russian Federation.
The First Deputy Minister commented on the situation with human rights violations in Crimea, focusing on the militarization of the Ukrainian peninsula, which poses a threat to the security of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
Emine Dzhaparova presented the Crimean Platform, whose key task is to further consolidate and coordinate international efforts aimed at the de-occupation of Crimea.
The First Deputy Minister invited Belgium to join the Crimean Platform and informed about its inauguration Summit to be held in 2021. She emphasized the importance of European partners’, including Belgium's, participation for achieving the Platform’s goals.
For his part, Axel Kenes thanked for the invitation to join the initiative and expressed support for Ukraine’s position on the de-occupation of Crimea. He also asserted confidence that the issue would remain on the UN agenda in 2021.