Ukrainian politicians, in particular, members of the Verkhovna Rada, plan to promote the Crimean Platform among the partner countries to involve them in the initiative’s activities.
Deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Member of Ukrainian Parliament from European Solidarity fraction Akhtem Chiygoz said this in an interview with Ukrinform.
"I hope that we will be able to organize a kind of tour of European partner countries. We also intend to visit the Asian countries to intensify the participation of our allies in the Crimean Platform around the world in the remaining months," Chiygoz said.
The politician stressed that Ukrainian lawmakers are currently trying to engage in dialogue at the level of friendship groups with different countries and announced the creation of a Crimean Platform within the Parliament to intensify the work of these inter-parliamentary friendship groups. He also added that there is a need to concentrate Ukraine's efforts so that its partners take this new platform with due attention.
Chiygoz believes that it is very important to persuade the countries, against which Russia is currently using "very vile tools of blackmail" to prevent them from joining the Ukrainian initiative. To persuade these countries, the participation of leading countries, such as Germany, France, the United States, Canada, in the inaugural summit on August 23 would be important. According to him, this would allow the countries under pressure to be more decisive and discuss Ukraine's proposals.
"The adoption of the Ukrainian proposals will be a 'colossal blow to Russia’s image in the international arena' and intensify the opposition within Russia itself in the fight against Putin's criminal regime," he said.