The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, attended the opening meeting of the Crimean Platform in Kiev on Monday, at the invitation of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. A joint statement agreed between the European Union and Ukraine was adopted at the meeting.
Pahor supported the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine while calling for a more committed and sincere dialogue between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, as well as the European Union and the Russian Federation.
The Slovenian president voiced support for international efforts for lasting peace in eastern Ukraine under the Minsk agreement and the so-called Steinmeier formula.
At Monday’s event, President Zelensky presented the Order of Prince Jaroslav to President Borut Pahor of the Republic.
“The summit comes at a time of growing instability in the region and beyond. I see it as a salient step in support of joint efforts to keep the illegal annexation of Crimea on the international agenda. We are gathered here to demonstrate responsibility. collectively and to tell the world that we care, that the events of 2014 are not forgotten.
Slovenia shares its concern about the deteriorating human rights situation on the peninsula and reminds the Russian Federation to uphold its obligations under international humanitarian, human rights and maritime law.
“We welcome and approve the Joint Declaration of the International Platform of Crimea Participants, as agreed between the European Union and Ukraine,” Pahor said in his speech.
He commended Ukraine for its commitment and progress on that path and encouraged the authorities to accelerate the pace of reform, especially in the areas of rule of law, the fight against corruption and an independent judiciary.
“Let me conclude by saying that Slovenia is committed to a strong partnership with Ukraine on its path to reform. “We are proud to contribute valuable experience and expertise to decentralization reform and will continue to do so,” Pahor said.