Ratas to EU colleagues: We must give Ukraine all the help it needs | News
All parliament speakers who spoke at Friday’s video meetings stressed that Russia’s attack was a brutal war crime and that Putin’s regime must immediately end the bloodshed and activities. soldiers in Ukraine, according to a Riigikogu press release.
Ratas stressed to his colleagues that the EU must provide Ukraine with all the assistance it needs in the accession process, adding that Estonia is ready to share its accession experiences and support the development from Ukraine.
At the NB8 stakeholder meeting, Ratas said countries in that region should coordinate support for Ukraine as much as possible.
“Today, Ukraine needs our strong political and economic support, as well as direct military and humanitarian aid,” the Riigikogu chairman said.
“A big thank you to all the countries that have shown admirable unity and have already reached out,” he continued. “But the aid must continue and there is still a lot to do, because Putin’s war continues and Ukraine needs our help more than ever,” he added.
Ratas believes that Western countries must present a united front to isolate Russia and Belarus in everything from suspending their membership in international organizations to the economy, culture and sports. “It’s not just Ukraine’s war; they are also now fighting for the security and democracy of all of Europe,” he stressed.
All Speakers of the NB8 parliament expressed their support for Ukraine and underlined the need for robust common sanctions in order to put an end to Russia’s aggressive military activities and information warfare. They also presented an overview of the humanitarian and military aid provided. Ratas’ Finnish and Swedish counterparts noted that, for them, granting military aid was an exceptional decision.
Baltic and Polish speakers also detailed the assistance given to refugees.
The NB8 speakers’ meeting was followed by an EU speakers’ meeting which was also attended by Verkhovna Rada Chairman Ruslan Stefanchuk.
Stefanchuk gave an overview of the current situation in Ukraine, thanked EU Member States for their support and presented Ukraine’s application for EU membership. He also stressed that the sanctions must continue and expand vigorously to also include Belarus.
The Ukrainian speaker also expressed hope that green corridors would soon be set up for the delivery of humanitarian aid, as several towns are without electricity and are experiencing food shortages.
The participants of the meeting expressed their full support for Ukraine and underlined that granting the prospect of EU membership and the status of candidate country to Ukraine must take into account the criteria for membership and comply with Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union.
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