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August 8, 2022

Romanian Parliament adopts Declaration by which it firmly condemns the aggression of the Russian Federation on Ukraine

The Parliament in Bucharest has adopted, on Monday, in a joint session, with a majority of votes – 339 for, one against and two abstentions – a statement by which it condemns the aggression of the Russian Federation on Ukraine, demands the withdrawal of Russian forces and emphasizes the “strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and for its legitimate aspirations to join NATO and the EU.”

The Parliament of Romania firmly condemns the massive armed aggression of the Russian Federation on Ukraine, preceded by the recognition by the Russian Federation of the ‘independence’ of the self-proclaimed separatist entities in Donetsk and Lugansk, component parts of Ukraine.

The launching of the Russian invasion on the night between February 23 and 24, 2022 is an attempt on the lives and destinies of Ukrainian citizens who desired to be able to exercise a fundamental right in any democracy, namely the right to choose their own path. The Ukrainian people, the victims of this aggression that is unimaginable in the 21st century, has sovereignly chosen a path towards Europe, towards the community of European and Euro-Atlantic values and has mandated for this task the legitimately and democratically elected Ukrainian authorities.

Romania has constantly and firmly supported the choices of the Ukrainian people – the decision of the NATO Summit in Bucharest in 2008 and the fact that the Parliament of Romania was the first in the EU to ratify the European Union – Ukraine Association agreement being only two telling examples of the many demarches of support from our country for these choices of Ukraine.

“We believe this act of brazen aggression represents a flagrant and grave infringement of the principles of international law and the international commitments assumed by the Russian Federation, provided also in the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the Paris Charter for a New Europe, the Budapest Memorandum and the NATO-Russia Founding Act,” the statement maintains.

“We recall the fact that in this period there will be eight years since the illegal annexation of the Crimean Autonomous Republic and the city of Sevastopol, and the Russian Federation still continues the series of unprovoked and unjustified acts of aggression, thus brutally infringing the fundamental principles of international law”.

The Parliament of Romania reaffirms full solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people confronted with the aggression of the Russian Federation and expresses its support for the granting of humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian citizens, including persons that choose to take refuge on Romanian territory.

“We recall the fact that in Ukraine there is a numerous Romanian ethnic community, which contributes to the wealth and diversity of Ukrainian society and represents a solid bridge between our countries”.

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