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Polish president to attend Council of Europe summit in Iceland

16.05.2023 08:30
Polish President Andrzej Duda is expected to attend a two-day Council of Europe summit starting in Iceland on Tuesday.
Andrzej Duda
Andrzej Duda PAP/Radek Pietruszka

More than 40 European leaders will get together in Iceland's capital Reykjavik to discuss human rights and security challenges including Russia's war against Ukraine, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

Ukraine has been a member of the Council of Europe since 1995.

Russia was also a member, but it was expelled from the organization in March last year, weeks after it invaded Ukraine, officials have noted.

During their meeting in Reykjavik on Tuesday and Wednesday, European leaders are also expected to address challenges such as climate change and artificial intelligence, the IAR news agency reported.

The Council of Europe is an international organisation that brings together 46 countries aiming to uphold democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) last month condemned Russia’s forced detention and deportation of children from occupied areas of Ukraine as “a crime of genocide.”

Russia invaded Ukraine by land, air and sea on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.

Tuesday is day 447 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: IAR