Declaration of the Summit "Ukraine - Southeast Europe"

The leaders of Southeast Europe, who came together today at a summit for Ukraine in Tirana, have come out with a joint statement:

- We, President Vjosa Osmani, President Maia Ssandu, President Jakov Milatović, President Stevo Pendarovski, President Aleksandar Vučić, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister Edi Rama, Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Borjana Krishto, Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Prime Minister Ion -Marcel Ciolacu, we gathered in Tirana on February 28, 2024 and issued the following statement.

- Russia's unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine remains the greatest danger to European security and international peace. This act of aggression is unacceptable; it is a flagrant violation of international law, including the UN Charter, and a crime against Ukrainians.

- We reiterate our unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders since 1991 and remain committed to providing the necessary support for Ukraine to resist Russian war aggression for as long as should in order to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in accordance with the UN Charter and on the basis of the Ukrainian Peace Formula.

- We call on the entire international community to strongly support Ukraine in its ongoing struggle for freedom, independence and territorial integrity.

- We strongly condemn the intentions of the Russian Federation to hold presidential elections in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, which constitutes a flagrant violation of international law. We emphasize the illegal nature of the upcoming elections in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and in the city of Sevapostol and in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine such as Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.

-During the discussions today in Tirana, we reaffirmed our solidarity with Ukraine and its people in the heroic defense of their freedom and our shared values ​​and expressed our readiness to participate in the implementation of the Peace Formula of the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, which is in accordance with the Goals and Principles of the UN Charter, and to participate in the first Peace Summit, ensuring the widest possible international participation in this process.

- We are convinced that a full-scale war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine has proven the critical need and key importance for a united and strong Europe that is able to face global challenges for peace and for the prosperity of our people. . We emphasize that we are united by common European values ​​and by a vision of their further development within a united Europe.

- We reaffirm our commitment to intensify joint efforts to ensure further progress and mutual support towards the membership of the Western Balkans region, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia in the European Union.

- We fully support Ukraine's right to choose its own security arrangements. NATO allies and aspirant states commend the steps taken towards its future membership in NATO and support Ukraine to become a member of the Alliance when security conditions permit.

- We underlined our commitment to bring to justice those individuals who are responsible for crimes of aggression, crimes against humanity and other atrocity crimes under international law related to Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, through an appropriate investigation , fair and independent, and persecution at the national and international levels, including through the work of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the International Court of Justice, to ensure that allegations of war crimes and other international crimes are fully and fairly investigated by independent, efficient and strong legal mechanisms.

- We have agreed to cooperate and focus our efforts on the return of illegally deported and forcibly displaced Ukrainian children.

-We pledge to increase our commitment to cooperation to combat misinformation, including false narratives about war, and remain committed to fighting hybrid warfare and cyber security challenges, contributing to the stability and security of the international community.

- Today in Tirana, we reaffirm our solidarity and support for Ukraine, we express our commitment to participate in the post-war recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine in order to enable Ukrainians to rebuild their country, to engage all relevant partners , including private companies and international financial institutions, with the aim of providing financial support, investment and knowledge necessary to ensure a prosperous future for Ukraine. We underscore the importance of demining in the broader context of Ukraine's recovery, as a key initial step toward a return to human security and a return to economic and agricultural activity. We, the friends of Ukraine, confirm our strong belief that only by uniting we will be able to restore peace, stability and just prosperity on the European continent.