The Crimea Platform – is a new international consultation and coordination format initiated by Ukraine.
The Platform aims to increase the effectiveness of international response to the ongoing occupation of Crimea and mounting security threats, respond to growing security threats, increase international pressure on the Kremlin, prevent further human rights violations and protect victims of the occupation regime, and achieve the main goal –
de-occupation of Crimea and its peaceful return to Ukraine.
On August 23, 2021 the inaugural Summit in Kyiv officially launched the Crimea Platform. A Joint Declaration outlining the framework of international policy on Crimea was adopted at the Summit.
The Crimea Platform unites under its umbrella various thematic events and initiatives on Crimea in the framework of international organizations, governmental and non-governmental forums.
The Crimea Platform functions on different levels:
- Heads of States and Governments,
- Ministers for Foreign Affairs,
- parliaments and inter-parliamentary assemblies,
- civil society and expert environment
The long-term goal of the Crimea Platform is to return Crimea to the space of stability, prosperity and protection of human rights – to Ukraine and Europe.
The leading role in the parliamentary dimension belongs to the Crimea Platform Inter-Factional Association established in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in December 2020. The inter-factional association promotes active cooperation within parliamentary assemblies of international organizations.
The Crimea Platform Support Groups were established within:
- the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on April 27, 2021
- the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on May 11, 2021
- Seimas of the Republic of Latvia on May 15, 2021