- Hans Weber
- September 27, 2023
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Russian aggression is the most dangerous challenge to world peace in the last decade. Today it is Ukraine; tomorrow it may be another country.
In August 1968, it was Czechoslovakia that was attacked by Moscow led troops. The suppression of the so-called Prague Spring, the violent intervention into the peaceful life of another state, turned my country into an occupied colony.
It is necessary to permanently reject Russia’s aggressive colonial policy and its imperial desires. Ukraine rejected this slavery and bravely fights for a multilateral world where peace is protected by rules.
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens, including children, were deported to Russia. There are testimonies of sexual and gender-based violent crimes being used as a tool of warfare.
We unequivocally support the International Criminal Court in the prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Russians in Ukraine. At the same time, we call for the establishment of a special international tribunal to prosecute Russia’s crime of aggression.
Members of the UN Security Council bear global responsibility for peace and compliance with international law. That’s what we expect from members when we elect them.
We need peace in Ukraine. We need to re-establish respect for the UN Charter and international law. We need to ensure justice for the victims and end impunity for the perpetrators.