In the framework of a working visit to the Council of Europe President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, according to the press service of the President of Ukraine.
Poroshenko thanked the Council of Europe for its support and noted that since the very beginning of Russian aggression against our state, the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly resolutely defended territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s President also stressed the need to consolidate all the institutions of the Council of Europe in order to continue systemic pressure on Russia with a view to meet the demands of the Council of Europe to end the aggression against our state.
Poroshenko urged to intensify the role of the Council of Europe in protecting human rights in the territory of the illegally occupied Ukrainian Crimea. He requested the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to use all available mechanisms to remedy the critical human rights situation on the peninsula.
Finally, the President urged the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to actively participate in the efforts on the release of Ukrainian citizens illegally held in the occupied territories and in Russia.