The delegation of the American Forein Policy Council visited the Office of the Crimea Platform

The delegation of the American Foreign Policy Council visited the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the AR of Crimea/Office of the Crimea Platform.

The Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the AR of Crimea/Head of the Crimea Platform Office Tamila Tasheva, her deputy Denys Chystikov and Head of the Crimea Platform Department Maria Tomak welcomed the guests and thanked them for their continued interest in the topic of temporarily occupied Crimea. Ms. Tasheva noted that this meeting takes place in the context of the important news about the transfer of 31 M1 Abrams tanks and other military aid to Ukraine, which was announced by US President Joe Biden in his latest speech.

The diplomats discussed the activities of the Mission of the President of Ukraine/Crimea Platform Office within the development of priority steps for the reintegration of the de-occupied peninsula, as well as the work on the vision of economic recovery of Crimea after its de-occupation.

Shared the latest information on human rights violations in the occupied Crimea. She recalled the falsified case against the First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Nariman Dzheliala, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison for participating in the Crimea Platform summit. Tamila Tasheva spoke about the oppression of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people, including criminal mobilization aimed at the Crimean Tatars, illegal sentences and criminal prosecution for political and religious reasons. She noted that Ukraine is fighting not only for the territory, but also for the freedom of our people.

Another important topic of the meeting was changing the perception of Crimea among the international community and destroying pro-Russian narratives and myths around it.

The guests demonstrated their interest in the topic of Crimea and asked many meaningful questions, in particular, about the demographic picture in Crimea before and after the occupation, the fate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet after Ukraine’s victory, and the work of our state to promote the policy of non-recognition of the occupation of Crimea among international partners.

The meeting was also joined by the: Herman Pirchner, Jr., President of American Foreign Policy Council, Lawrence J. Haas, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Mykola Hryckowian, Director, Washington, DC Office Center for U.S-Ukrainian Relations, E. Wayne Merry, Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasia American Foreign Policy Council, Calnen Swingen, Director for External Relations American Foreign Policy Council, Ms. Hannah Thoburn, Senior Professional Staff Member U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Mr. Alex Tiersky, Senior Policy Advisor U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe NGO Representatives, Dr. William Schneider, Jr., Former Undersecretary of Defense and American Foreign Policy Council Advisory Board Member and Leo Brent Bozell III, Founder and President of the Media Research Center.