Meeting of the leaders of the Visegrad group. They talked about the war in Ukraine

Held in the Slovak capital on Tuesday Visegrad Group of Heads of State MeetingIncludes: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. During the joint press conference of the V4 leaders, the Polish president noted that since February, around 6 million refugees from Ukraine have crossed the Polish border. Two million people are still in Poland.

– I emphasized again and again that I am grateful to my comrades for sharing the bread, and I am proud to emphasize that we do not have to build any refugee camps because people from Ukraine are welcome in Polish homes – said the President. Andrzej Duda.

As he points out, this approach results in not knowing what it means from others Russian occupation. “Everyone in our countries knows it, we came out from behind the Iron Curtain,” he said.

– We want to be part of Western politics today, we do not want to allow it and we do not want to allow Russian domination to spread again in our part of Europe – said the President.

Andrzej Duda thanked the joint statement of the Bucharest Nine (B9) and Montenegro and North Macedonia, after a conversation with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, “in response to the terrible bombing aimed at civil infrastructure by the Russians in Ukraine, carried out on his initiative. Subsequent crimes in Ukraine“.

– I firmly believe that the international community will not condone this and will pursue the war criminals until they are successfully punished. The imperative of the times and the imperative of today is that international laws cannot be violated with impunity. The perpetrators of these crimes must be punished I am confident that we will achieve this,” the President stressed.

– I believe so Let’s stop the war Ukraine, with the support of the international community, will push its attackers beyond internationally recognized borders and regain control over the entirety of its territory, partially lost in 2014 as a result of the first Russian offensive. was added.

The President also mentioned about those made in Russia Threats to use nuclear weapons.

– decision-makers in Russia today, They should know that if they do something like this, they will be completely disfellowshipped. It is not just a question of punishment, but a complete exclusion from any element of the international community. They are out of the margins if they lead to nuclear and practical disaster Third World War. I believe that we will act as an international community – Andrej Duda said.

– Poland helped Ukraine and Ukrainians, Poland helps Ukraine and UkrainiansPoland will help Ukraine and Ukrainians until they win – he promised.

President of Slovakia Zuzana Czaputova In turn, he insisted that the leaders of the Visegrad group of countries were meeting the day after Russian attacks against civilians across Ukraine.

– In our assessment, the Russian bombing in Ukraine is an unprecedented violation of international law and the territorial integrity of a sovereign state. Attacks on civilians are not a sign of strength, but of weakness and cynicism. He mentioned that we strongly condemn this kind of attack.

she added V4 countries There is a general consensus on this Russian occupation. He pointed out that any peace must be fair. – An unjustified peace is only a temporary truce. For peace to come, it is enough for the Russian soldiers to leave Ukraine. It is enough to start respecting Russia internationally Recognized boundaries Sovereign state – said Sabutova.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the Visegrad Group of Leaders’ Conference The President of Hungary, Katalin Novák. – We condemn the actions of President Putin, the attack on the sovereign state, the annexation of unified Ukrainian territories and the attacks on civilians. The risk of nuclear conflict is also unacceptable to us, he said.

As Novak argued, “We must make every effort to ensure this The war will end soon No more escalations and threats.”

Addressing energy issues, the possibility of diversifying the supply of energy sources and “Energy prices will risePresident Novak pointed out that “his country is very dependent on goods from Russia.” “”It is in our interest to see Europe as a whole becoming energy-independent. This is our long-term goalWe are going for it and we will be ready to make sacrifices along the way,” he said.

Novak added Hungary is increasing natural gas production And try to reduce energy consumption.

– Nothing Attacks on critical infrastructure are highly condemnable. We therefore condemn the attack on Nord Stream infrastructure. I would also like to point out that we cannot attack our critical infrastructure in future. This should be avoided, he said.

Referring to nuclear power, he expressed confidence that “There should be no discussion about withdrawing from nuclear power At this time. “- quite the opposite; We must continue to use nuclear energyAs an additional security measure to complement our energy mix, he said.

In turn, the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman “He talked about avoiding this kind of risk at all costs,” he said during an EU summit in Prague last week. We were the last generation of presidents and prime ministers before the outbreak of World War III“.

– This may seem exaggerated to you, but in fact it is a risk that we must avoid The real caveat of the potential use of the nuclear option must be definedBefore such an option is exercised, not just a follow-up in the form of some official objections sent after the exercise of the nuclear option,” Zeiman said.

The President of the Czech Republic also noted that during Tuesday’s meeting, the leaders of the Visegrad group of countries had a frank, open discussion on various topics. About the energy crisis. – Without questioning the cause of the war in Ukraine here, I want to emphasize that it is very fundamental. The EU’s Green Deal policy is a factor in the energy crisis and rising energy pricesZeiman said this has several consequences.

As he put it, renewable energy sources, sometimes called “temporary or discretionary energy sources”, require “support by generating energy from backup installations, including nuclear installations”. – Added to this is the high cost of emission allowances, which translates into a high cost of electricity – he added.

– I think – with all respect for the natural environment – we, as President Andrzej Duda said, must first deal with humanity, the human race living on this planet, said the President of the Czech Republic.

It happened on Monday Russia’s massive missile attack to a dozen or more cities in most parts of Ukraine. Capital became the target, as well Kharkiv, Odessa, Dnieper, Kryvyi Rih, Kremenchuk, Zaporizhia, Mykolayiv, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Lviv and Rivne. At least 12 people were killed and 89 injured. There were also bomb alerts in several cities on Tuesday.

Presidents on Tuesday Bucharest Nine NATO’s Eastern bloc, along with the leaders of Montenegro and North Macedonia, condemned the Russian attacks. “We, the Presidents of Bulgaria, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary, condemn the recent massive bombing of Ukrainian cities by Russia as constituting war crimes under international law. The presidents said in a statement posted Tuesday on the Office of the President’s website. wrote

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