Georgia and the War in Ukraine

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:22 pm on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Conservative, Huntingdon 5:22 pm, 24th May 2022

This is a good and appropriate debate to have had at the current time. Let me first thank the Back-Bench contributions of my fellow delegation members: Jessica Morden for bringing in the local community aspect, which is important and something we should be building on; my hon. Friend Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown for his astute observations from his visit and his assessment of the political situation; and my hon. Friend Tim Loughton, who discussed the historical context, which is always appropriate in that part of the world.

It would be fair to say that there was a clear degree of cohesiveness and unanimity from the Front Benches of the Government, Labour and the SNP, and that has been consistently shown in this place, within the main Chamber and outside it. Given the precarious nature of the part of the world we have been discussing, it has been good for MPs and the Government to state their various positions, and it was probably time that we did that.

Rightly, there is overwhelming support in this place for Ukraine and its people. The message today is that issues arising out of the Russia-Ukraine war—supporting democratic values, Black sea security, addressing Russian intransigence, addressing the need to secure grain supplies, and many others mentioned by hon. Members—are important for many countries beyond Ukraine. Britain’s strategic interests require us to stand back and look at the wider picture coming out of the Russia-Ukraine war, and Georgia should and must form part of that picture.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House
has considered Georgia and the war in Ukraine.

Sitting adjourned.