On 19 May, 2015 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin participated in the 125th session of the Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe which was held in Brussels.
During the session foreign ministers and other representatives of the Council of Europe’s member states paid special attention to the contribution of the Council of Europe in democratic security in Ukraine.
In his speech Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine underlines that the Council of Europe should increase its contribution to democratic security in Europe and to respond on time to modern challenges and threats, primarily in the context of Russian aggression against Ukraine, Russian support of extremism and radicalism, violation by this country of fundamental human rights norms and standards of international law. Pavlo Klimkin called Russian Federation for the immediate release of all Ukrainian political prisoners, which it illegally detains.
The foreign ministers of the Council of Europe’s member states showed their comprehensive support of Ukraine, its territorial integrity and sovereignty. It was indicated that Russia's actions against Ukraine threatens to peace and stability throughout Europe, violate fundamental human rights, norms and standards of international law.
In the context of responding to modern challenges and threats Ministers adopted Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, which concerns the problem of foreign terrorist fighters, and the Political Declaration and Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism.
During the meeting the chairmanship in the Committee of Ministers passed from Belgium to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the next six months.
In the framework of the meeting the Minister also held a series of bilateral meetings, including with the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.