AUGB CALLS ON FOREIGN SECRETARY NOT TO LOOSEN STANCE ON RUSSIA

20.07.16


The AUGB has written to the Foreign Secretary congratulating him on his appointment and wishing him every success in his new role "during what will be a challenging time for the UK".

The letter went on to say:

With a new Government committed to negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU and forging a new role in the world, Ukrainians and those of Ukrainian descent are uncertain about the extent to which the UK Government will continue to support Ukraine on its path of democratic development and eventual membership of the EU.

We remain grateful for the UK’s strong support and funding for the reform programme and development of military capability.

The UK has been a staunch supporter of EU sanctions against Russia. The Government has made it clear in the past that the annexation of Crimea was a flagrant breach of international law and will not be recognised, and that sanctions will remain until President Putin’s government fully honours the Minsk agreement, removes all Russian troops, arms and proxies from Eastern Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula, and returns control of these lands and their respective borders to the Ukrainian government.

In the light of the UK’s new political direction we wish to request clarity on the UK’s continuing position on the situation in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine... and obtain reassurance that the UK Government will not soften its previous stance on what is a very delicate but critical issue, not only for Ukrainians here in the UK but also for European security more generally.

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