Meeting with the delegation of Czech Republic

On 10 April 2019 the First Deputy of the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Izet Gdanov met with the delegation of the members of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, headed by the Chairman of the Committee Lubomir Zaoralek and the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Czech in Ukraine Radek Matula.

Welcoming the delegation, Izet Hdanov commended the Czech Republic for the consistent position and support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine as well as for the international technical assistance, provided by the Embassy of the Czech Republic to establish the administrative service center.

Emphasizing foreign police of both states, the First Deputy informed the members of the delegation about the activity of the Mission, particularly about the current Order of entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and exit from it and drew their attention to the prevention of any economic ties with the temporarily occupied territory by any country.

Due attention was paid to the situation in the temporarily occupied peninsula regarding the violation of the fundamental rights of the citizens of Ukraine, residing in the temporarily occupied territory, including illegal persecution, intimidation and harassment against Crimean Tatars, ethnic Ukrainians, hybrid deportation, movement of Russian citizens to the temporarily occupied Crimea, unlawful conscription to the RF armed forces.

The sides discussed and expressed concern on militarization of the peninsula, its progressive transformation into military base, depleting water and biological resources of flora and fauna in the occupied Crimea.

Izet Hdanov noted the importance of the state vector of the Euro – Atlantic integration and improvement of political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian aggressor in order to liberate the temporarily occupied Crimea as soon as possible.

Lubomir Zaoralek, in his turn, noted that the position of the majority members of the Czech Parliament not to recognize the unlawful attempt of Crimea annexation remained steadfast and such illegal activity of the Russian Federation threatened the European international order.

Radek Matula, Ambassador of Czech Republic in Ukraine also stressed on the priorities to continue provision of legal and humanitarian assistance by the embassy including development of projects possibilities to support the citizens of Ukraine form the TOT AR of Crimea.

In conclusion, the sides expressed mutual respect and thanked each other for the effectiveness of the meeting and agreed the framework for further collaboration.