EU Parliament backs the resolution on Ukraine

15 January 2015 16:03

A majority of the MEPs of EU Parliament backed the resolution on Ukraine in Strasbourg on Thursday.

"[The European Parliament] strongly condemns Russia's aggressive and expansionist policy, which constitutes a threat to the unity and independence of Ukraine and poses a potential threat to the EU itself," reads the approved document.

The MEPs drew attention to “annexation of Crimea and waging an undeclared hybrid war against Ukraine, including information war, blending elements of cyber warfare, use of regular and irregular forces, propaganda, economic pressure, energy blackmail, diplomacy and political destabilization”

The EP stressed that these actions are in breach of international law and constitute a serious challenge to the European security situation.

"[The European parliamentarians] emphasized that there is no justification for the use of military force in Europe in defense of so-called historical and security motives or for the protection of one's so-called 'compatriots living abroad', and called on Moscow to stop escalating the situation by immediately halting the flow of weapons, mercenaries and troops in support of the separatist militants and to use its influence with the separatists to convince them to engage in the political process," said the document.

The document also urges to continue the current EU sanctions regime as long as Russia does not fully respect and deliver on its Minsk obligations.