Second Crimea Platform Parliamentary Summit in Czech Capital Attracts 40+ World Representatives
Today in the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, the Second Parliamentary Summit of the Crimea Platform has commenced. According to the organizers, the summit is attended by high-ranking representatives of parliaments from over 40 countries worldwide, as well as international parliamentary assemblies and organizations.
The summit was inaugurated by the heads of both chambers of the Czech Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, along with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Following this, President of Ukraine Zelensky addressed the assembly via video message. He emphasized that Ukraine is advancing towards victory, with events in the Black Sea region serving as a testament to this.
"We are moving towards the realization of our goals more actively than ever, especially since the beginning of Russia's hybrid and then full-scale aggression nearly a decade ago. It is in the Black Sea region, particularly concerning the situation around Crimea, where our tactics work best," stressed the President of Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelensky expressed gratitude to the Czech Republic – its leaders and the entire Czech society – for their support of Ukraine and for hosting the summit, emphasizing the importance of uniting the efforts of the democratic world to end Russian aggression with a reliable and just peace.
The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, underscored in his opening remarks that support for Ukraine remains the top priority for the Czech Republic.
"The occupation of Crimea is a violation of international law. Ukraine will not be free until it liberates all the territory within the borders of 1991," he added.
In turn, the Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Miloš Vystrčil, reminded that the Czech Republic has had similar experiences and that capitulating to a dictator means betraying oneself and making a colossal mistake.
"If you want to become a lackey of a dictator, the only thing you will achieve is becoming precisely that – a lackey, a servant, and eventually a victim. Let's not fall into Putin's trap. If we believe that a compromise with a dictator is possible, we sign a death sentence not only for a free and independent Ukraine but also for democracy, freedom, and more," said Miloš Vystrčil.
The Second Parliamentary Summit of the Crimea Platform aims to raise awareness among global leaders and the general public about the Russian occupation of Crimea in Ukraine, human rights violations, security in the Black Sea region, and global food security.
The goal of the Crimea Platform is the de-occupation of Crimea and a contribution to strengthening European and global security.