Nine presidents of Central and Eastern European countries that are members of NATO declared on Sunday October 2 that they would “never recognize Russian attempts to annex Ukrainian territory”.
“We cannot remain silent in the face of the Russian Federation’s blatant violation of international law,” say the presidents of these nine countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and Slovakia). They recall visiting Kyiv and “seeing with my own eyes the effects of Russian aggression.”
“We reiterate our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We do not and will never recognize Russian attempts to annex Ukrainian territory,” the nine heads of state continued.
The declaration also emphasizes that its signatories support the decision of the 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest on Ukraine’s future membership of the Atlantic Alliance, call for the withdrawal of Russian forces and call on all allies to “significantly increase their military aid to Ukraine “. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Friday the annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson.