Democracy: Eastern Europe

Part of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – in the House of Commons on 26th April 2022.

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Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Minister for Europe)

The hon. Gentleman makes some important points about the fragility of countries in that region. The Prime Minister recently appointed Stuart Peach, who is very experienced and highly regarded. He has been active already in his engagement with the region. I have met him already and intend to do so again. On my visits to eastern Europe, I have discussed some of the challenges with regard to the western Balkans. As he said, we recently imposed a series of sanctions against the leadership of Republika Srpska, who need to be reminded that the best way forward for that country is through democracy and support for the rule of law.