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European Democrats stand with the Ukrainian people

Monument of Independence in Kiev, Ukraine
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European Democrats strongly condemn the Russian Federation’s aggressive actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, by violating international law and its international commitments and stand with the Ukrainian people.

Responding to the latest events, EDP President François Bayrou declared : “There is a balance of power that is so threatening, so violent, that we can see that the heaviest decisions have to be taken, the heaviest decisions to dissuade, if we can still do so, from accelerating. What we don't realise is that, in this kind of situation, we are faced with a spiral and this spiral can lead to the worst. Like me, you have heard Putin threaten to use nuclear weapons to vitrify those who oppose him on several occasions.”

Furthermore, EDP Secretary General Sandro Gozi emphasised that : “The time has come for Europe to take the decisions it has always wanted to postpone. We need to act on two fronts: firstly, as a matter of urgency, we must respond with sanctions against Putin and pursue the diplomatic option; at the same time, we must make progress on European military and energy autonomy.” and “Without sanctions the unacceptable would be accepted. Putin made a paranoid, ideological speech. He would like to rewrite history by denying the principles on which European identity was based. Putin had the merit of reactivating NATO and pushing countries like Finland and Sweden to consider joining. NATO will also have to change, Europeans will have to take greater responsibility. “

Basque MEP Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (EAJ-PNV) recalled that international law "protects the self-determination of peoples, but rejects the intervention of one state in the internal conflict of another to annex territories. What Putin has done reflects his lack of respect for democracy and international legality. The citizens of the former republics of the USSR decided at the time to self-determine themselves. It is not in the hands of the Russian leader to amend that decision".