The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson, the President of the Estonia-Ukraine Parliamentary Group Mati Raidma, and member of the delegation to the PACE Raivo Tamm are on a visit to Ukraine until Wednesday, to take part in the inaugural event of the Crimea Platform, the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, and to visit Ukraine’s marine border near Mariupol.
Chairman Mihkelson explained that the objective of the Crimea Platform is to ensure the end of occupation in Crimea, which makes it an extremely welcome initiative. “Even on the 30th anniversary of restoring independence in Ukraine, the international community should continue keeping a sharp eye on the situation in Crimea, and condemn the illegal annexation of the region by Russia,” the Chairman stressed. “The Platform gives the democratic community the opportunity to come together in support of the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
Today, the schedule of the delegation includes participation in the expert forum of the Crimea Platform, to discuss the rights of the Crimean Tatars, reintegration of Crimes, non-recognition of annexation, and security threats in the Azov Sea and Black Sea region. They will also take part in the extraordinary session of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada and a cultural programme dedicated to the inauguration of the Crimea Platform.
Tomorrow, the visit will continue with the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine. On Wednesday, they are to visit Mariupol and the marine border areas in the vicinity of the town.
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