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Peter Hultqvist spoke at seminar on the future of Crimea

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On 23 August, Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist participated in a panel discussion in Kyiv, Ukraine on the security situation in the Black Sea and the future of Crimea.

  • Photo: Björn Vilbern/Swedish Armed Forces

  • Photo: Björn Vilbern/Swedish Armed Forces

Together with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Peter Hultqvist visited Ukraine for the inauguration of the Crimean Platform. The seminar on 23 August was part of the inauguration, in which delegates from more than 40 countries and organisations participated.

At the seminar, the Swedish Minister for Defence discussed the future of Crimea and the security situation in the Black Sea surrounding the peninsula.

“We have to continue to stand up for international law, democracy and be persistant in our long-term support to Ukraine”, Mr Hultqvist said during the panel discussion.

Among other panellists were NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, Estonian Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet, Ukraine’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs Volodymyr Ogrysko, and Oleksiy Danilov from the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine.

The Crimean Platform, inaugurated on Monday in the presence of Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven among others, is aimed at improving the effectiveness of the international response to the ongoing Russian occupation of Crimea. The initiative is put forward by the President of Ukraine and Sweden is one of the countries supporting the platform.