The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed strong protest to the Russian Federation in connection with the so-called "Yalta International Economic Forum", held April 20-22, 2017 in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The event of the occupation authorities is a flagrant violation of state sovereignty and legislation of Ukraine, according to the press service of the Foreign Ministry.

“It was again noted that holding the specified event is a gross violation  of the state sovereignty of Ukraine by the Russian Federation under the legislation of Ukraine and generally recognized norms of international law, including the UN Charter, UN General Assembly resolutions on "Territorial Integrity of Ukraine" of March 27, 2014 and on "Situation on human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol" of December 19, 2016, as well as other multilateral international treaties to which Ukraine and Russia are parties.”

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine requires Russia to take urgent measures to restore the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, to strictly observe the universally recognized norms of international law and to immediately stop the practice of holding any events on Ukraine's sovereign territory without its consent.

Earlier, QHA reported that the pro-Kremlin media provided information about a delegation of ten Turkish businessmen, their names indicated, who would arrive in Yalta for  "Economic forum." However, some of these Turkish citizens said they did even not know about their "participation" in the event.​