Transcript of "CDJA statement on behaviour of the Russian Federation towards EaP, Ukraine"
Statement on behaviour of the Russian Federation
"Show where you stand for, EU!”
CDJA has taken notice of the threats which Russia has expressed towards several
countries who are participating in the Eastern Partnership of the EU, in particular
Ukraine, recently. The young Dutch Christian Democrats believe that Russia consciously
provokes neighbor country Ukraine with the upcoming EU Summit which will take place in
November in Vilnius (Lithuania). During this Summit, the EU will decide whether the
participating countries in the Eastern Partnership made enough efforts for signing an
Association Agreement, which include a deepening of economic relations between them
and the EU.
The International Secretary of CDJA, Frank Visser, distance oneself of Russia’s behaviour
and believes that having stability in Europe is the priority. He takes the position that the
EU must show that it is an active supporter of a significant value as (economic) freedom,
especially since the EU has also involved itself in the geopolitical choices they made. The
EU must stand behind the countries of the Eastern Partnership, and in this case Ukraine.
Because of the reasons mentioned above, it is highly advisable that the European Council
and the European Commission taking an active stance towards Russia and towards the
EU Summit in November 2013 from now on.CDJA calls on the Dutch Government, via the
Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, therefore to contribute with an active role
from the Dutch side.
The European Parliament will meet on August 28 2013 to discuss the situation. Around
Russia’s pressure. Visser assumes that the meeting has the same results as what CDJA
The Hague, 21 August 2013