President Andrzej Duda takes part in the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe in Reikjavic on May 16–17 2023. Yesterday, Duda announced the creation, under the auspices of the Council of Europe, of a registry of damages caused to Ukraine by Russian aggression.
Check the opening remarks by President Andrzej Duda here.
The Opening Session of the 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe ‘United Around Our Values’ on Tuesday:
During the opening session of the 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe, the Polish president reminded that the organization was created after overcoming the horrors of World War II, with the goal of protecting values such as citizens’ freedom, human life, the rule of law, and democracy.
He pointed out that Council of Europe summits do not take place every year; they occur only during pivotal and historic moments that require deeper reflection on the values underlying the organization. “Unfortunately, the summit in Reykjavik is taking place during the largest attack on democratic values since the fall of totalitarian regimes on the Old Continent,” he stated.
The president emphasized that Russia, by invading Ukraine, not only wants to destroy the country but also to revise all the values upon which the Council of Europe is based.
He noted that the Council of Europe summit is taking place when Russia, which was a member of the Council of Europe just a year ago, along with its vassal Lukashenko, is attacking the entire free world. “We must not submit to this. We must be even stronger and more united. Let us seize this moment to strengthen our identity and unity,” he added.
Duda also spoke about a declaration to be adopted during the summit, which, as he emphasized, will confirm the joint responsibility and determination to support Ukraine for as long as possible.