Baltic Assembly issues statement on Ukraine

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Today, President of the Baltic Assembly Jānis Vucāns and Vice-Presidents of the BA Aadu Must and Andrius Kupčinskas signed a statement regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on behalf of the Assembly. The Baltic Assembly is a consultative cooperation organisation of the parliaments of the three Baltic States, which discusses issues of mutual interest. Its presidency rotates on an annual basis, with Latvia currently holding the presidency.

The statement is reproduced below.

“On this morning of 24 February 2022, we, the members of the Baltic Assembly, are appalled at the reality of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Considering the gross violation of the independence of Ukraine and international law, the Baltic Assembly:

-       firmly condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine and the involvement of Belarus in carrying out the attacks;

-       calls urgently for the Russian Federation to immediately stop the attacks on an independent state that is strongly supported by the European Union and NATO and end any further provocations against Ukraine;

-       reiterates the full support and solidarity to Ukraine and its people, and the commitment to use all the diplomatic and political means in our power to ensure political, military and financial support for the security of Ukraine;

-       urges the international community, including the European Union, NATO and other organisations, to actively condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and call for immediate termination of Russia's attempts to destabilise the security and peace in Europe;

-       stresses the co-liability of parliamentarians who voted for Russia's recognition of the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine and allowing Russian troops to carry out military attacks in Ukraine;

-       concludes that the parliamentarians of the Baltic States have to stand firm against the provocations by the Russian Federation and work with other international organisations to put stop to the unprovoked and unjustified aggression against Ukraine and the whole European democratic society."

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