Ukraine hopes that the Council of Europe will adhere to its principles on the issue of Russian aggression against Ukraine and will not make concessions to the Kremlin. This is stated in the appeal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Council of Europe on the occasion of its 70th anniversary.
"We must sadly state that by the 70th anniversary the organization came up in a crisis condition, which was caused primarily by the destructive actions of the Russian Federation, its aggression against Ukraine and direct financial blackmail of the Council of Europe in order to achieve its anti-democratic foreign policy goals. This crisis was a real challenge for the organization and put it before a choice: to adhere to its own values and principles, or to succumb to blackmail and threats and cast doubt on the trust and authority gained over 70 years. Ukraine hopes that over the decades of work, the Council of Europe has gained enough strength and common sense to continue to be an example of democracy, and not to celebrate its 70th anniversary in a dilapidated, compromised state because of groundless concessions in favor of the largest state violating its principles and norms," it notes.
This adds that Ukraine, for its part, remains committed to its obligations under the Council of Europe and will continue to protect the rights and freedoms of every person and citizen in the territory of the state, including the temporarily occupied territories, and will actively oppose attempts to destroy the organization.
The Council of Europe is the oldest international organization that promotes cooperation between its members - European countries in the field of standards of law, human rights, democratic development, law, and cultural interaction. It was founded in 1949.
Now the Council of Europe includes 47 states in which more than 800 million people live. Ukraine joined it in 1995.
At the same time, it is important to add that the Council of Europe is a fully independent organization that is not part of the European Union system, uniting only 28 states.