The 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe should set a forward-looking agenda. Ukraine expects the Council of Europe to continue to take a firm stance on the issue of russian aggression against Ukraine. This was emphasised by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during the plenary session of the Summit.
"The first step is to create an international register of Ukraine's losses due to russian aggression. Today's decision is, without exaggeration, landmark. After that, we have to prepare the necessary legal framework for the confiscation of russian assets, as well as establish a Compensation Fund. These decisions will be an integral part of Ukraine's full-scale recovery," the Head of the Ukrainian Government said.
The Prime Minister noted that the Council of Europe had taken a number of decisive measures to counter russian aggression against Ukraine. In particular, the Council of Europe expelled the russian federation from its ranks for serious violations of the Council of Europe Charter and became the first international organisation to support the creation of a comprehensive international mechanism for compensation for damages.
"In addition to the international reparations mechanism, we must also make efforts to establish an international Special Tribunal to punish russia for its crime of aggression against Ukraine. Let's work together to establish peace and justice in Europe in order to build a better future for all Europeans," said Denys Shmyhal.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed that the brutal aggression of the russian federation against Ukraine was a challenge to all the principles upheld by the Council of Europe and the foundations of the European multilateral security architecture: "Our joint response must be decisive. The aggressor must not win. Ukraine must restore sovereignty over all its territories".