EU Parliament passes resolution to grant Ukraine EU candidate status

1 March 2022, 08:00 PM

The European Parliament has backed the European aspirations of Ukraine, passing a resolution that calls on EU institutions to work towards granting the country EU candidate status.

In a press release released on March 1, the EU Parliament said that the resolution on Russian aggression against Ukraine was approved by 637 votes in favor, 13 against, with 26 abstentions.

“(The EU Parliament) calls for EU institutions to work towards granting EU candidate status to Ukraine, in line with Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union and on the basis of merit, and, in the meantime, to continue to work towards its integration into the EU single market along the lines of the Association Agreement,” the resolution says.

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The MEPs also condemned in the strongest possible terms the Russian Federation’s illegal, unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against and invasion of Ukraine, as well as the involvement of Belarus in this aggression.

“(The EU Parliament) demands that the Russian Federation immediately terminate all military activities in Ukraine, unconditionally withdraw all military and paramilitary forces and military equipment from the entire internationally recognised territory of Ukraine, and fully respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence within its internationally recognised borders,” reads the document.

The resolution “firmly condemns the Russian military’s use of Belarusian territory, with the support of Belarusian forces, to launch a military aggression against Ukraine, and expresses deep concern about the risks posed by Belarus abandoning its neutrality and hosting the Russian military.”

Meanwhile, the EU Parliament expressed its undivided solidarity with the people of Ukraine, who have already suffered through eight years of war in their country, and condemnede in the strongest possible terms Russia’s actions against Ukraine.

Finally, the MEPs expressed their inconsolable grief at the tragic loss of life and human suffering caused by the Russian aggression, and stressed that attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure,  as well as indiscriminate attacks, are prohibited under international humanitarian law, and therefore constitute war crimes.

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