14 Apr, 2021

ALDE President issues statement on the situation in Eastern Ukraine

Following the developments in Eastern Ukraine very closely, the ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen has issued a strongly worded statement in which he calls on President Putin to immediately pull back the troops from the border and to de-escalate tensions in line with its international obligations.

In the statement issued on 13 April, he said: “the ALDE Party is extremely concerned by increasing tensions and the documented increase in the armed Russian military presence and their movements towards the Eastern borders of Ukraine in recent days.”

“European liberals fully support the people of Ukraine in their desire to increase engagement and integration with the European Union and with NATO and echo the words of US President Joe Biden in solidarity and support of Ukraine’s fight to maintain its territorial sovereignty against continued Russian aggression,” he continued.

“We call on all European leaders to support the efforts led by France and Germany through the Normandy Process, actively involve the USA and the UK into the discussions, and to consider imposing further sanctions on Russia if no steps are taken by the Russian government to de-escalate the situation.”

This week, ALDE Party Vice President Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP met virtually with Kira Rudyk MP, leader of ALDE Party member party Golos and MP Andrii Osadchuk to discuss the situation in Eastern Ukraine and hear the latest updates on Russia's provocations.

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