The NATO Parliamentary Assembly concluded its Spring Session held in Luxembourg from 19 to 22 May 2023, gathering almost 250 lawmakers from the 31-nation NATO Alliance and 16 partner countries and parliamentary bodies. 

The Session focused on the Assembly’s unwavering support for Ukraine and NATO’s adaptation, grounded in democratic values, to the new strategic reality in the wake of Russia’s war against Ukraine. 

Two declarations were adopted during the Plenary Session, expressing the Assembly’s recommendations for the NATO summit in Vilnius July 11-12. 

The meetings demonstrated the NATO PA’s firm rejection of Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, brutal and illegal war and its resolute defence of Ukraine’s democracy, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

Faced with authoritarian powers seeking to undermine democracies, the NATO PA reiterated its call for the establishment of a Democratic Resilience Center at NATO Headquarters to operationalise the renewed commitment to shared democratic values. 

The gathering also underlined the Assembly’s determination to further strengthen deterrence and defence and countering other threats and challenges with its 360-degree approach. 

The Session kicked off with an extraordinary joint meeting of the Assembly’s the Standing Committee – its governing body – and the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council – the Assembly’s bilateral group for relations with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.  

Parliamentarians debated 17 preliminary draft reports in the five NATO PA committees, covering topics ranging from the future of robotics and novel materials in defence to global food security, Russia’s disinformation campaigns and the challenges posed by China. 

Speakers who addressed the session included the leader of democratic forces in Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Oleksandra Matviichuk, director of Ukraine’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Centre for Civil Liberties, and Irene Fellin, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.  

The final plenary sitting was addressed by Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov and NATO PA President, Joelle Garriaud-Maylam (France). The session in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was the first Finland joined as a full Assembly member following its accession to NATO on 4 April. 

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