PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE ON SITUATION IN UKRAINE

21.12.17


A debate to consider the Situation in Ukraine, initiated by the Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, took place in Westminster Hall yesterday.

Speakers raised various issues, including Ukraine’s current humanitarian crisis, Russia’s continued involvement in the conflict, the need for the territorial integrity of Ukraine to be restored, Russian subversion and hybrid warfare, Russia’s withdrawal of its military officers from the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination, working with European partners to  maintain existing sanctions against Russia, the problem of reforms, economy and endemic corruption in Ukraine and a new Marshall (investment) plan for the country,

The Minister for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan, rounded off the 90 minute debate by saying that “Ukraine faces two separate battles: one against internal vested interests seeking to hinder vital reforms and the other against Russian aggression and intrusion. Success in both is essential if Ukraine is to fulfill its great potential and become a stable, transparent and prosperous state.”

He stressed that the fight against corruption “is far from won” and that Ukraine’s leaders have a stark choice of either taking the European path “or to go backwards and take the path of their predecessors”.

“Ukraine’s other battle is in overcoming Russia’s attempts to destabilise the country.”  In this respect the Minister for Europe indicated that “the conflict can be resolved only through negotiation. If, as Russia claims, it truly cares about the people of the Donbass, it should end the fighting that it started, withdraw its military personnel and weapons, cease its support for the separatists, and abide by the Minsk agreement commitments it signed up to in 2015.” 

Click here for the full text of the debate or here to watch the video of the session.

 

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