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03.03.2014

portrets GruzStarptautisko organizāciju, tostarp arī Eiropas Savienības (ES) reakcija uz notikumiem Ukrainā ir novēlota un Eiropa izturas tā, it kā nekas nebūtu noticis. Šodien esmu nosūtījusi visiem EP Ārlietu komitejas locekļiem vēstuli, aicinot nekavējoties rīkoties pret Krievijas agresiju.

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to thank Chairman Elmar Brok for reacting swiftly over the weekend to the Russian decision to deploy troops in Ukraine.

Foreign Affairs Committee has to react immediately, strongly and resolutely against Russia's aggression and the invasion of the territory of a sovereign nation. This clearly constitutes a violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

We should work on the proposals on how to make the decision-making more efficient in crisis situations. We cannot expect that the crisis would always occur on working days from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. The reaction to such incidents has to be immediate.

Our friends and partners are observing our each and every step, because the EU is perceived as a guarantor of stability. However, the EU High Representative's activities over the weekend were invisible. The EU Foreign Ministers should have already met on Saturday evening or Sunday morning at the latest, and not today. We have to come up with concrete proposals on how to make the EU external action more resolute.

Moreover, just like we did in the case of those responsible for the recent bloodshed in Kiev, we should now decide on targeted sanctions against those Russian officials who are responsible for the aggression in Ukraine.

We cannot tolerate a conflict hotspot within Europe. If we will not stop the aggressor now, there is a risk of a further escalation that will affect us all. Current crisis a continuation of the previous military action in Georgia in 2008. If we allow the same scenario in Ukraine, what will be Russia's next targets? Will the EU be as hesitant to respond if Russia would deploy troops in the Baltic States?

These are questions that we need to answer now. The reaction has to be immediate.

Yours sincerely,
Inese Vaidere