On Tuesday, November 17, Emine Dzheppar took part in a meeting with the ambassadors of the EU Member States, hosted by the EU Delegation to Ukraine. Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych and Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov made their reports at the event.
“The first deputy minister informed the partners about the current situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea. Among the most pressing problems, she noted violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, restrictions on freedom of speech and religion, racial discrimination, militarization, threats to freedom of navigation in the Black and Azov Seas, as well as security challenges to the wider region of Mediterranean and Middle East,” the report reads.
Dzheppar 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 Russia's "local elections" in the temporarily occupied Crimea and mass human rights violations on the peninsula.
During 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 them to join its activities. She also invited EU Member States to take part in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform, scheduled for the first half of 2021.
“During the further exchange of views, representatives of EU Member States thanked for the explanations provided regarding the goals and activities of the Crimean Platform. The comprehensive discussion became an important element of preparation for the launch of the Crimean Platform,” the Foreign Ministry said.
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