President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová will take part in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform, Prime Minister of Slovakia Eduard Heger announced.
"Yes, Slovakia will take part in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform. We will be represented by President Čaputová," Heger said in an interview with Ukrainian media outlet Interfax.
According to the Prime Minister, Slovakia strongly supports Ukraine and its European aspirations.
"The position of the Slovak government is clear - it is defined in the Manifesto of the Government of the Slovak Republic on support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, support for reforms. We are in favour of deepening mutual cooperation," the politician stressed.
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.