President Karis, B9 leaders condemn Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities

Alar Karis (furthest left) with some of the B9 presidents in Bucharest in June 2022.
Alar Karis (furthest left) with some of the B9 presidents in Bucharest in June 2022. Source: Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia/Social Media

President Alar Karis has joined his counterparts from all Bucharest Nine (B9) countries, along with the heads of state of North Macedonia and Montenegro, in a statement condemning the recent attacks on Ukrainian cities by the Russian Federation, along with war crimes and crimes against humanity Russia has committed in the course of its invasion of Ukraine.

The statement follows in its entirety.

We, the Presidents of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia condemn the mass bombardments of Ukrainian cities recently carried out by Russia, which constitute war crimes under international law.

We recall that war crimes and crimes against humanity are not subject to any statute of limitations and are covered by jurisdiction of courts all over the world.

On behalf of our states we demand that Russia immediately stop attacking civilian targets. We will not cease our efforts to bring to court persons responsible for these crimes.

We find any threats by Russian representatives to use nuclear weapons unacceptable. In this context, we reaffirm our commitment to protect our countries and allies.

In addition to President Karis, the statement is signed by President Rumen Radev (Bulgaria), President Miloš Zeman (Czech Republic), President Katalin Novák (Hungary), President Egils Levits (Latvia), President Gitanas Nausėda (Lithuania), President Stevo Pendarovski (North Macedonia), President Milo Đukanović (Montenegro), President Andrzej Duda (Poland), President Klaus Iohannis (Romania) and President Zuzana Čaputová (Slovakia).

The B9 was founded in 2015 following the start of an earlier phase of the current conflict in which Russia annexed Crimea and prosecuted an insurgency war in eastern Ukraine.


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Editor: Andrew Whyte

Source: Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia

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