The effectiveness of sanctions against Russia's occupation of Crimea should be monitored, says First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzheppar.
"There should be not only an instrument of sanctions but also monitoring of the results of the effectiveness of sanctions since we see now that smart business has already found ways to bypass the sanctions," Dzheppar said during an online discussion called "Human Rights Violations in Crimea: Mechanisms of Struggle."
Speaking about the goals of the Crimean Platform, she said that Ukraine is trying to consolidate the international community around the Platform as a basis for negotiations on the future of Crimea and the steps that could be taken to deter Russia and its aggressive policies.
Also, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced the creation of an expert network of the Crimean Platform to consolidate efforts for the de-occupation of Crimea.
"Our team, headed by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, is convinced that only by consolidating the efforts of the state and civil society, we will be able to effectively counteract all the negative consequences of the Russian occupation and achieve our main common goal - the de-occupation of Crimea," Dzheppar stressed.
The ministry and the expert network during a meeting agreed to develop a plan of joint events, which, in particular, will include analytical studies of the expert network, their presentation abroad, public events, etc.
The Crimean Platform is a new consultative and coordination format initiated by Ukraine to improve the international response to the occupation of Crimea and growing security challenges.
The Platform aims to increase international pressure on Russia, prevent further human rights violations, protect victims of the occupation regime, and achieve the goal of de-occupation of Crimea and its return to Ukraine.
The Crimean Platform will operate at several levels: The first is the highest political level, which will be joined by foreign heads of state and government. The second is the level of heads of foreign policy departments and defence ministers; the third is the inter-parliamentary level; the fourth is the level of non-governmental experts.
The activities of the Crimean Platform will be officially launched at the inaugural summit which is planned to be held in Kyiv in August 23, 2021.