“The Crimean platform is a very strong blow to President Putin personally. Therefore, we understand his emotional reaction and we are satisfied with it. This means that we are doing the right and good thing. You may have heard that during your visit to Lviv [глава МИД Турции] Mevlut Cavusoglu has repeatedly publicly and non-publicly at the talks confirmed that Turkey will not only remain one of the most active participants in the Crimean Platform, but is also ready to persuade with us those countries that have not yet joined the declaration of the Crimean Platform to do so, “he said. Ukrainian diplomat.
In his opinion, “this is the best response to Russia’s attempts to demonstrate its displeasure to Turkey.”
Russia occupied Crimea after the power blockade of Ukrainian military units and illegal referendum on March 16, 2014… The accession of the peninsula to the Russian Federation is not recognized by Ukraine and most countries of the world.
Turkey does not recognize the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and expresses support territorial integrity of Ukraine.
At the first summit of the Crimean Platform, which took place in August 2021, Turkey was represented by the Foreign Minister. He, in particular, agreed that There is no “easy solution” to the Crimea problem.
On September 22, at a meeting of the UN General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey does not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. On the same day, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Ankara does not recognize the results of the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, which took place in the occupied Crimeaas they are “null and void”.
The Crimean Platform is a new consultative and coordination format initiated by Ukraine to improve the effectiveness of the international response to the occupation of Crimea, increase pressure on Russia, prevent human rights violations and protect victims of the occupation regime. The main goal of the platform is the de-occupation of Crimea. It is assumed that the platform will operate at several levels: heads of state and government, foreign ministers, in the dimension of inter-parliamentary cooperation, in the format of an expert network.
At the summit adopted a declaration Crimean platform, which condemns Russia’s policy towards the occupied Crimea. She open for signature other countries, noted the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Russian Foreign Ministry named the Crimean platform “unpromising Russophobic action” and stated that the participation of other countries in the initiative “will inevitably affect our relationship”.
Ukrainian authorities noted that Russia obstructed holding the summit of the Crimean platform. According to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, due to pressure from Russia, one of the countries, which had previously confirmed participation in the summit, refused it.
Kuleba said that in Kiev “satisfied with the reaction of the Russian side”.
Commenting on Russia’s opposition to the Crimean platform, Zelensky said that the pressure was at the level of the leaders of the countries.