EMI STATEMENT ON THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE
The Ukraine crisis has escalated into a further blatant and unlawful violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Russia’s actions, which started with the recognition of Russian-backed non-government-controlled region of eastern Ukraine, in violation of the Minsk Agreements, must be rebuffed in the firmest terms.
The European Union must respond in unison to this violation of international law and impose appropriate sanctions to deter further acts of aggression, while continuing to provide assistance to Ukraine in cooperation with its international allies. The EU, in close collaboration with NATO, must take the necessary action to guarantee the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.
The collective strength of EU member states can best be expressed and articulated when delivered with one European voice.