PM DAVID CAMERON: "WE SHOULD STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE"

19.12.13


During yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions in Parliament yesterday, the Chair of the All-Party British-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group, John Whittingdale MP raised the following questions on Ukraine (as recorded by Hansards):

HANSARDS:  Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon) (Con): Will my right hon. Friend join me in saluting the courage of the hundreds of thousands of people who have been peacefully protesting across Ukraine for the past few weeks against their President’s decision to break off talks with Europe and to move closer to Russia? Does he agree that if there is any further violence against them, those responsible should be held personally accountable, and will he continue to hold out the prospect of closer links with Europe in the longer term, which is what the people of Ukraine want?

The Prime Minister: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend that we should pay tribute to those in Ukraine who want a future linked to Europe and the peace, prosperity and stability that that relationship would bring. I think we should also say, as he has said very clearly, that the world is watching what the Ukrainian authorities have done and are contemplating doing in response to the demonstrations. I think we should stand with the people of Ukraine, who want that peaceful, secure and prosperous future.


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