Russian Foreign Minister gives a harsh assessment of the Crimea Platform summit

24.08.2021, Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the Crimea Platform summit held in Ukraine a Russophobic action at a press conference, the REGNUM news agency reported on August 24.

“Of course, this is a Russophobic action, artificially created, and they will try to artificially support these sentiments in order to play along with such ultra-radical neo-Nazi phenomena in modern Ukraine,” Lavrov said.

The Russian Foreign Minister noted that the Ukrainian authorities, as well as the leaders of the Western countries, showed indulgence towards neo-Nazi manifestations.

On August 23, the Crimea Platform summit was held in Kiev. More than 40 countries and international organizations participated in it. The summit discussed the return of control over Crimea to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky assessed the summit as a success and stated that a powerful international coalition “for the liberation of Crimea from the Russian occupation” had been created at the summit.

Background

In September 2020, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced that Kiev intended to create a so-called Crimea Platform. According to his idea, this platform should coordinate international efforts to help Ukraine return Crimea.

As a result, about 40 countries and international organizations agreed to participate in the first meeting. Most countries are represented at the ministerial level, but the Baltic states, as well as Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Slovenia and Finland are represented at the presidential level.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the meeting “a coven in which the West will continue to support the neo-Nazi and racist sentiments of the current Ukrainian authorities.”

The referendum on the reunification of Crimea with Russia was held in 2014 after the coup in Kiev. Over 95% of the peninsula’s residents voted in favor of reunification with Russia.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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