The Crimea Platform: Poland, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, European Council

The consultation and coordination format is aimed at improving the effectiveness of the international response to the ongoing occupation of Crimea

Andrzej Duda
President of the Republic of Poland

“We cannot return to the line that was on February 23. It is necessary to liberate the entire territory of Ukraine, together with Crimea, within internationally recognized borders… In 2022, I began to believe that I would see Crimea. Crimea is Ukrainian. I believe, Mr. Volodymyr, that you will show me Crimea. I will be there, I will visit this Ukrainian peninsula… Poland, this is your rear, this is your home, these are your brothers and sisters. And this is a family for all your refugees who have to flee from the war and have a new home, albeit temporary, in Poland. We have no disputes on this matter. Everyone who was in this position before me said the same thing. All the presidents of Poland are speaking to you – we are with you, we are on your side!”.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an online session at the second summit of the Crimean Platform:

We must not forget that Putin’s invasion began in 2014, with the attempted annexation and illegal occupation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The Ukrainian people have the right to defend themselves and defend their Crimea. Canada will support you… We are announcing new sanctions – 62 more individuals and one defense sector company that participated in Russia’s war against Ukraine…

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the online inclusion at the second summit of the Crimean Platform:

“The international community will never accept Russia’s imperialist illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory. Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified aggression against Ukraine was repelled by the bravery and courage of Ukrainians…”

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Putin violated so many international agreements that I cannot list them all… Crimea became one of the springboards for the February 24 attack. We see that Putin is planning an attack on other territories of Ukraine… He is preparing annexation and other fake referenda… We will never recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea or any other part of Ukrainian territory. In the face of Putin’s attack, we must provide our Ukrainian friends with all the military support, humanitarian, economic, and diplomatic assistance they need. Until Russia stops this terrible war…”

Emmanuel Macron
President of France

“Ukraine chose the path of diplomacy, while Russia chose the path of war… The war started by Russia is against the very principles of international law governing our relations. Many countries that have gathered here today fought for their independence fought for decolonization. They are with us today because they defended their right to self-determination. What is happening today is not only a war in part of Europe. It concerns universal principles: our ability to live in peace, friendship, and mutual respect. Sovereignty and territorial integrity are fundamental values ​​and basic principles of the international order… Russia has chosen to depart from these principles, and we consider this a weakness. It concerns freedom for all of us and peace in all parts of the world…”

Mario Draghi
Prime Minister of Italy

“I want to express Italy’s unwavering support for this initiative and Ukraine itself. The Russian occupation of Crimea in March 2014 was an unacceptable act of aggression and an unconditional gross violation of international law. Italy has constantly condemned the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and the gradual militarization of the peninsula. We are deeply concerned about the deterioration of the human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula and stand together with the Crimean Tatar community against the violence and injustice it suffers. The struggle for Crimea is part of the struggle for the liberation of Ukraine!”

Charles Michel
President of the European Council

“Russia’s aggression did not begin in February 2022. It began in 2014 with the illegal annexation of Crimea… Since February, Russia has used Crimea as a springboard for invading other regions of Ukraine and for missile strikes on Ukraine. Russia uses Crimea as a transit point to deport the Ukrainian population to infiltration camps…”