Speech by President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö at the Crimea Platform Summit on 23 August 2022

President Niinistö spoke at the Crimean Platform Summit. Screenshot / Crimea Platform
Presidentti Niinistö puhui Krim-foorumin huippukokouksessa. Kuvakaappaus / Crimea Platform

Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to join my colleagues in thanking President Zelenskyy for convening this summit. Since our first gathering in Kyiv last August, the situation has worsened dramatically. Accordingly, the objectives of this platform have become even more important.

Russia’s war of aggression and the ongoing invasion of Ukraine are grave breaches of international law. As part of the European Union and in coordination with our transatlantic partners, Finland’s response has been firm. Our political, economic, military and humanitarian support to Ukraine has been strong. The support will continue, for as long as needed.

At the same time, we call on Russia to cease its military actions immediately and unconditionally. We call on Russia to withdraw all its troops and equipment from the entire territory of Ukraine, including the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula.

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Finland’s commitment to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders is unwavering. Finland supports international efforts to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity. All Ukrainians, including the Crimean Tatar people, need to fully enjoy their right to self-determination.

I would like to congratulate Ukraine for its European Union candidate status. Ukraine belongs to the European family. Finland firmly supports Ukraine’s European path and the reforms to which Ukraine has committed itself.

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Mr President,

On behalf of the people of Finland, I send my best wishes to the people of Ukraine on the eve of your national day. Your brave fight for freedom and for European values and principles deeply touches us. Ordinary Finns have shown exceptional eagerness to help you, Ukrainians.

I look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership and cooperation. Finland stands with Ukraine.