The Crimea Platform will become a special international platform that will bring the discussion of Crimea deoccupation to a higher political level. Over the past seven years, the issue of deoccupation has been considered fragmentarily and sporadically, mostly finding its way through the texts of resolutions and statements by leading international organizations whose range of action was limited. CP is about highlighting the issue of the Crimea annexation attempt, developing a long-term strategy toward the deoccupation of Crimea, and engaging in the process of coordinating joint efforts by Ukraine and the international community to ensure the strategy implementation.
By annexing Crimea, Russia seeks to impose on the rest of the world a narrative claiming that the status of Crimea as part of the Russian Federation is final. Moscow emphasizes that the Crimea issue has already been resolved and is not subject to revision. This doctored «new reality» grossly violates the fundamental principles of international law, but due to the constant use of pressure, lies, blackmail, and bribery, Russia has not ceased efforts to remove the Crimea issue from the global agenda. CP is set to become a safeguard against such misinformation and consolidate a position affirming that Crimea is Ukraine.
As of now, despite broad international support for Ukraine on the Crimea issue, the international community's resources and focus on Crimea remain scattered. CP will allow uniting these efforts, focusing the discussion on key issues and goals, directing financial resources and ensuring better coordination on the path to the implementation of the strategy of Crimea deoccupation.
Russia's ongoing militarization of Crimea is one of the most serious threats to global security. Russia's continued military expansion is a security challenge to Ukraine and the whole world. CP and the annual Security Forum for the Azov-Black Sea and Mediterranean regions will allow updating these issues and bringing more international attention to them. We will be openly addressing ways to tackle military and hybrid threats undermining European and transatlantic security, as well as the global nuclear non-proliferation regime.
Constant focus at the highest official, expert, and media levels to rights violations by the Russian occupation authorities in the illegally occupied Crimea, as well as a coordinated international response, will prevent further such illegal actions and force the invader to abandon politically motivated persecution. Successful cases of the release of Crimea-based Ukrainian political prisoners prove show that putting such offenses under the spotlight of the international community plays an important role in preventing torture and increasing the chances of the political prisoners’ release. Maintaining rights issues on political radar of the international community will be one of the important tasks for the Platform to pursue.
The success of the Summit shall be determined by the very ambition of its agenda. The political emphases of the Declaration will serve as indicators of the success of the inaugural Summit. It is the Declaration that will define principles and approaches to ensure the CP’s sustainability as a permanent and effective international consultation and coordination mechanism.
- Wide and high-level representation of states and international organizations.
- Activities initiated at all three levels of CP: intergovernmental, interparliamentary, and civil society.
- Better awareness of the international community.
Due its high representation level, the Summit will bring more international attention to and, consequently, awareness of the situation in and around Crimea.This, in turn, will strengthen resilience to Russia’s fake narratives, as well as help the general public to better understand the essence of international non-recognition and sanctions policy, which at the moment remains the issue only clear to the international political establishment.