Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry calls on Cyprus to join Crimean Platform

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry calls on Cyprus to join Crimean Platform

Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar has invited the Republic of Cyprus to join the Crimean Platform initiative.

This was discussed during political consultations chaired by Vasyl Bodnar and Kornelios Korneliou, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Ukrinform reports with reference to the press service of the Foreign Ministry.

The interlocutors discussed bilateral relations in the political and economic areas, as well as interaction within the framework of international organizations, in particular within the UN and the EU.

“Vasyl Bodnar briefed Kornelios Korneliou on the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and invited Cyprus to join the Crimean Platform initiative,” the report reads.

The Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Cyprus emphasized his country's unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as solid position on keeping in line with the EU policy on sanctions against the Russian Federation. The Cypriot side also assured that it will continue to support Ukraine's European integration aspirations in every possible way.

The parties agreed to hold in the near time a working meeting of the finance ministers of Ukraine and Cyprus who co-chair the Intergovernmental Ukraine-Cyprus Commission on Economic Affairs. Preparations for the next joint session of the Commission will be discussed during the meeting.

As reported, on September 23, President Volodymyr Zelensky presented the concept of the international Crimean Platform to the UN and invited international partners to join the initiative for de-occupation of Crimea. During the Ukraine-EU Summit on October 6, the European Union confirmed its readiness for such an initiative. Ukraine is coordinating this issue at the level of national governments of EU states.

The Crimean Platform summit will take place in Kyiv in May 2021.


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