President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that he had always defended Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, thus, he considers the calls for giving up territories for the settlement of the situation inadmissible.
“I strongly reject some saying about “fait accompli” as regards Crimea. This tribune was not invented for calls for appeasement. Neither was it for appeals to trade in territory for money, oil or gas,” Petro Poroshenko noted in his statement before PACE.
Answering the question of the attendees of the plenary session, the President also emphasized that Crimea must be returned under the Ukrainian sovereignty. “We are not selling or buying Crimea. This is not a question of money, gas or oil. Crimea must be returned to Ukraine. This is the law and order in Europe. This is the security in Europe and in the whole world,” the Head of State emphasized.
“This tribune was invented to safeguard our fundamentals, our values and our principles, and, most importantly, to defend them in time of a need. The time has come,” he said.
The Head of State reminded that in 1950, Winston Churchill appealed to the Assembly against the background of the challenge to the democratic Europe from the Soviet Union: “Either we shall prove our worth and weight and value to Europe or we shall fail”.
According to Petro Poroshenko, today, Moscow pushes Europe back to the same reality that Sir Winston Churchill was so concerned by almost 70 years ago. That is why Europe must remain united to counter the existing threats, as stated by the President.
“That is why the guarantee of our success resides in preserving and strengthening of our unity, solidarity and resilience. It is only upon the respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine that we can achieve peace and stability in Europe,” he stressed.