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Seimas has unanimously condemned the military aggression of Russia and Belarus against Ukraine

Press release, 24 February 2022 (more news)

 

The Seimas Resolution condemns the military aggression against Ukraine by the Russian Federation and Belarus and the attempt to overthrow the legitimately elected Ukrainian government; the Resolution also expresses strong support for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity of Ukraine and the inviolability of its internationally recognized borders.

Having regard to the unprecedented amassing of the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the borders of Ukraine and the open military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and its people, which began on 24 February 2022, the Seimas points out in the Resolution that Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine is being carried out with the aim of seizing control of this state and overthrowing the legitimately elected Ukrainian government.

The Lithuanian MPs consider these actions of the Russian Federation as part of the Russian Federation’s policy pursued since 2008 and targeting its neighbouring countries that have chosen the path of freedom, democracy and rapprochement with the EU or NATO.

By the Resolution, the Seimas calls on the parliaments of its allies, the EU Member States and NATO member countries, to take the following steps:

– to immediately grant to Ukraine the status of EU candidate country and provide Ukraine with a NATO Membership Action Plan;

– to provide all possible bilateral military, economic, political, humanitarian and legal support to Ukraine;

– to urgently initiate a resolution of the United Nations Security Council urging the Russian Federation and Belarus to immediately cease their aggression against Ukraine, as well as to urgently appeal to António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to expel the Russian Federation from its permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council, the main body of the United Nations responsible for maintaining international peace and security;

– to immediately terminate the Russian Federation’s membership of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Council of Europe, and to exclude the Russian Federation from all international sports and cultural organisations;

– to impose tough new personal and sectoral sanctions on all key usurpers of power in the Russian Federation and Belarus, including Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, their aids, supporters, and major state-owned enterprises and banks, as well as secondary sanctions on those enterprises and banks of the EU Member States and NATO member countries that are cooperating with Russian enterprises and banks subject to sanctions;

– to restrict, to the maximum extent possible, the access of the Russian and Belarusian regimes and their supporters to the financial resources of the EU Member States and NATO member countries, by disconnecting Russia from the system of international interbank financial settlements (SWIFT) during the period of aggression against Ukraine;

– to accelerate, to the maximum extent possible, the formation of Europe’s strategic energy independence by ending its dependence on Russian fossil fuels; to halt the geopolitical Nord Stream 2 and Ostrovets nuclear power plant projects;

– to continue and expand the ban on the transfer of any strategically important technology to Russia and Belarus;

The Resolution appeals to the societies of the Russian Federation and Belarus to influence the leaders of their countries and to oppose their aggression against Ukraine. EU Member States and the Council of the EU are urged to take international leadership by bringing together all states of the democratic world to provide support to Ukraine and to strive for the widest possible accession of the world to sanctions against the Russian and Belarusian regimes.

The Seimas adopted the Resolution on the Aggression of Russia and Belarus against Ukraine by a unanimous vote of 112 MPs taking part in the vote.

Pranešimą paskelbė: Monika Kutkaitytė, Lietuvos Respublikos Seimo kanceliarija

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