Following recent meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and Allied Foreign and Defence Ministers, NATO PA President Gerald E. Connolly (United States) issued a statement to reiterate his deep concern over the ongoing military buildup and amassing of combat-ready troops by the Russian Federation near the border with Ukraine, as well as in the illegally annexed territories of Crimea.
“I join in the strong messages of support towards Ukraine which NATO and individual Allies have issued in recent days. Kyiv should not and will not be left alone as it faces ongoing Russian escalation in Donbas and Crimea.
Moscow has refused to clarify its intentions and share information about its actions – in violation of its international commitments. It has only responded with disinformation, hollow explanations and incendiary rhetoric. This is because there is no legitimate justification for Russia’s reckless and provocative build-up – the largest build-up since its illegal annexation of Crimea. These actions can only be understood as an attempt to intimidate and threaten.
Ukraine in turn has demonstrated remarkable and laudable restraint.
I call on Russia to step back from its provocation and escalation and return to responsible behaviour and diplomacy.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly reiterates its unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will never recognise Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea and again denounce its aggression and support for armed militants in Donbas.
We urge Allied governments and parliaments to maintain pressure on Russia and to visibly demonstrate their support for Ukraine. We cannot remain silent or passive in the face of naked intimidation.”