EC president Von der Leyen rejects Crimean Platform summit invitation, breaches diplomatic protocols

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has declined Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s invitation to take part in the first summit of the Crimean Platform and the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence Day. The response letter signed by her cabinet chief Bjorn Seibert, which is a violation of diplomatic protocol.

Zelensky had written to von der Leyen inviting her to Kyiv to attend a 30th-anniversary celebration of Ukrainian independence, as well as an inauguration of the “Crimean Platform” summit.

Von der Leyen rejects invitation

Von der Leyen rejected the invitation due to an “overly busy agenda,” the Politico news site reported.

The given reason raised questions among diplomats and officials, considering the events in Kyiv are set for August 23 and 24, in the least busy month for EU affairs, when the overwhelming majority of EU staff takes their annual leave.

“Regrettably, the president is unable to give a positive response to your invitation due to a particularly heavy agenda on the days in question. Thank you in advance for your understanding,” wrote the letter signed by the cabinet chief instead of von der Leyen herself.

Violation of diplomatic protocol

According to the protocol, the response to Zelensky’s invitation should have been signed by the European Commission president.

In his letter, Seibert also wrote, “President von der Leyen has asked me to pass on her best wishes for a successful summit and her congratulations to you and the people of Ukraine on this important anniversary.”

The Commission’s chief spokesman, Eric Mamer, declined to comment on the letter. “We have no comment on correspondence between the Commission and the authorities of third countries,” he said.

EC president will send a different reply

The chief spokesperson on Thursday admitted that the letter leaked to the press was real. However, he insisted that it had not been yet sent to the Ukrainian authorities and von der Leyen would send her own reply.

“The president hopes to reiterate her support for Ukraine at an upcoming event with President Zelenskiy that is to be organized ahead of the 30th anniversary,” he added.

However, it is not clear if von der Leyen will join the international Crimean Platform and present at the independence anniversary of Ukraine.

Inconvenient decision and timing

Other EU officials said von der Leyen’s decision not to attend the independence celebration was complicating efforts to schedule an EU-Ukraine Council meeting that is due to take place in Ukraine, and which Council officials were hoping to hold at the same time.

The timing was also unfortunate, as rejecting such an invitation could raise doubts about von der Leyen’s commitment to demonstrating support for Ukraine at a time when Russia is amassing the highest number of troops at its border since 2014 — the year Moscow annexed Crimea and pro-Russian separatists seized a large swathe of eastern Ukraine.

Crimean Platform

The Crimean Platform is a new consultative and coordination format initiated by Ukraine to improve the international response to the occupation of Crimea and growing security challenges.

The Platform aims to increase international pressure on Russia, prevent further human rights violations, protect victims of the occupation regime, and achieve the goal of de-occupation of Crimea and its return to Ukraine.

The Crimean Platform will operate at several levels: The first is the highest political level, which will be joined by foreign heads of state and government. The second is the level of heads of foreign policy departments and defence ministers; the third is the inter-parliamentary level; the fourth is the level of non-governmental experts.

The activities of the Crimean Platform will be officially launched at the inaugural summit which is planned to be held in Kyiv on August 23, 2021.

(c) QHA

8 comments

  • So the Kraut is too busy and doesn’t want to upset Putler. This female version of the previous President, the odious Juncker, is yet another spineless piece of crap stealing money from the taxpayer.

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    • I commented about that shitweasel in the DT today:

      ‘Juncker made a series of insulting anti-British comments even before Brexit, but the Obama ‘back of the queue’ comment turned out to be correct now that his sidekick Biden is running things.
      Consider the type of person that Juncker is and you can see why he represented all the things about the EU that were absolutely toxic for Britain. 
      Juncker proudly traveled to attend a celebration of the birthday of one of the vilest people in history : Karl Marx, in his home town. He expressed regret at the death of the Soviet Union and describes the little poisoner currently running the place as his ‘dear friend’.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    Von der Leyen is a piece of shit from Germanystan and is responsible for ruining the Bundeswehr by turning it into a girl scout organization with broken equipment and guys dressed as soldiers but training with broomsticks. She is a totally worthless hag who has been incapable and incompetent in everything that she was put in charge of. In other words, she is your typical, average kraut politician. Even her current post in the EU was handed to her by cheating in the elections. The EU with most of its members is a corrupt money-hungry, power-hungry beast.
    I, as president of Ukraine, would never invite anything like that for anything. I would forego begging for help from this trash organization too.
    Britain did the right thing to exit this shithole entity. This can’t be said enough.

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    • The EU seem to have a never ending supply of spineless politicians, and we thought Juncker was bad. Why don’t they just come out with the truth, and say Germany doesn’t give a fuck about the country it destroyed in WW2, along with millions of Ukrainians.

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