President Duda of Poland Strongly Backs Ukraine's Complete Sovereignty, Emphasizes Return of Crimea

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.06 - 2024 1:13 PM CET

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President Duda of Poland Strongly Backs Ukraine's Complete Sovereignty, Emphasizes Return of Crimea.

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Polish President Andrzej Duda recently emphasized his unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty, advocating for the restoration of the country's territorial integrity, including the return of Crimea, currently under temporary occupation.

This statement was made during an interview with Polish Radio on February 5th, where Duda sought to clarify previous comments regarding Ukraine's rights over Crimea, aiming to underscore his belief that Ukraine should regain control over all its territories recognized by the international community.

Duda highlighted that his earlier remarks were part of a broader discussion that wasn't meant to trivialize the gravity of Ukraine's predicament.

"It was an interview that could be partly perceived as a calm, relaxed conversation on various topics, not necessarily very serious," he remarked, indicating that the conversation's tone was misconstrued.

The Polish President underscored the importance of Ukraine reclaiming its internationally recognized borders as a critical step towards resolving the ongoing conflict with Russia. Duda's stance firmly supports the notion that Ukraine's sovereignty over its territories, including Crimea, is non-negotiable.

"Ukraine is to return to its internationally recognized borders, to full control over territories that are internationally recognized territories of Ukraine, including Crimea," Duda stated, reinforcing his position on the matter.

He concluded by calling for an end to the aggression initiated by Russia in 2014 with the occupation of Crimea. Duda's comments align with the international call for Russia to withdraw from all seized Ukrainian territories, framing the conflict's resolution within the principles of international law and the respect for sovereign states.