World Leaders Congratulate Ukraine On Independence Day: “Crimea is Ukraine”
Ukraine receives congratulations from heads of state, heads of government and spiritual leaders on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of independence.
U.S. President Donald Trump and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier asserted their support for territorial integrity of Ukraine including Crimea.
President of United States Donald Trump underscored the challenges facing Ukraine and the world this year, noting the importance of peace initiatives of the Ukrainian authorities and confrontation with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This Independence Day is also an important celebration as Ukraine bravely continues to push back against ongoing Russian aggression. I applaud your efforts to bring a peaceful end to the Russia-led conflict in eastern Ukraine,” the United States President said.
Donald Trump also noted that the U.S. continues to unwaveringly support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity until it regains control of its entire territory, including Crimea.
President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier congratulated the citizens of Ukraine on the Independence Day on behalf of the German people.
“Germany will continue to effectively stand in solidarity with Ukraine in preserving its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will tirelessly advocate for an end to the violence and suffering of Ukrainians living in the east of the country. On the Independence Day of Ukraine, I would like to emphasize: Crimea remains part of Ukraine,” the letter from Frank-Walter Steinmeier reads.
In his greetings, President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron wished the Ukrainian people prosperity and peace.
He assured that France, together with Germany, would continue to stay close to Ukraine in search of a lasting political solution to the conflict in the east of the country, as well as to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty within internationally recognized borders.
On the occasion of Independence Day, Pope Francis conveyed to the President of Ukraine and all Ukrainian citizens wishes of peace and prosperity.
“At this time, as you celebrate the country’s Independence Day in the wake of the epidemic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I assure you and your citizens of my prayer and closeness, so that you build a stable and united state in a spirit of unity, solidarity and dialogue. So that every Ukrainian can live in peace, prosperity, security and fellowship. May the Lord bless you and all the people of your country,” the pontiff’s letter reads.
President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga, who visited Donbas with Volodymyr Zelenskyy this year, also conveyed best wishes for the Independence Day to the President of Ukraine.
“It is with great pleasure that I send Your Excellency my warm congratulations on the occasion of your national holiday, together with the best wishes to the people of Ukraine at this difficult time,” Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom noted.
“We appreciate our dialogue on both bilateral and regional issues. Poland invariably supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and remains a supporter of its interests in the European Union and NATO,” said President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.
President of Hungary János Áder noted in his greeting that Hungary was one of the first to recognize Ukraine’s independence and continues to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state in the field of common European values.
President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputová sent a video message to the President of Ukraine congratulating him on the occasion of Independence Day. She wished the Ukrainian people strength and determination.
On the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sent a letter to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wishing him good health and happiness, and the government and the friendly Ukrainian people – sustainable progress and prosperity.
President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of Peru Martín Vizcarra Cornejo and many others also congratulated Ukraine on the national holiday.