Leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev says there are good reasons to expect that U.S. President Joe Biden will take part in the Crimean Platform summit, which is scheduled for August 23 in Kyiv.
He said this at an event dedicated to the Day of Resistance to Russia’s Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol on February 27, Radio Free Europe reports.
“The president signed a decree on the creation of the Crimean Platform. We put high hopes on this. Many countries of the world, including the member states of the Council of Europe, the United States, have already expressed their consent [to join the Platform]," Dzhemilev said.
According to him, there are very good reasons to hope that Biden would be in Kyiv during the inaugural summit.
"Although I cannot say for sure whether they will be present at the summit on August 23 this year, but there are very good reasons to hope that they, including Joe Biden, will be here on August 23. In any case, we will work very carefully on this topic,” Dzhemilev noted.
He also said that he considers the creation of the Crimean Platform a significant step towards the de-occupation of Crimea.
In turn, the White House has not yet officially confirmed the participation of President Biden in the Crimean Platform summit in Kyiv.
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 on August 23, 2021.