The European Parliament calls on high-ranking EU officials and the EU Member States to provide all necessary support for Crimean platform initiative.
The European Parliament voiced support for the creation of Crimean Platform on its resolution of 11 February 2021 on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine.
"The European Parliament repeats its call for an international format for negotiations on the de-occupation of the Crimean peninsula with the active participation of the EU," reads the document.
It calls on "the VP/HR, the Commission and the Member States to provide all necessary support for the establishment of a Crimea International Platform that would allow the efforts aimed at the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine to be to coordinated, formalised and systematised.
The document also emphasises that the parliament "considers it important to involve the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, as the only internationally recognised representative body of the Crimean Tatars, in the activities of such a Platform."
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.