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Russia

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Russia about reports of heavy weapons, ammunition and personnel entering Ukraine from Russia.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

I met the Russian Ambassador on 11 September and called on Russia to take immediate steps to end the violence, particularly to stop its supply of armour, weapons and personnel across the border and to withdraw all personnel and military equipment it has already delivered.

At the G20 Summit in Brisbane, the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), joined other international leaders in calling on Russia to respect the Minsk agreements, including the requirement to withdraw illegal armed groups, military equipment and militants and mercenaries from Ukraine. The Prime Minister also made clear that if Russia did not, we remained ready to intensify sanctions.

At the EU Foreign Affairs Council on 17 November the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), and his EU counterparts urged all parties to fully implement the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum swiftly and without further delay, and once again underlined the Russian Federation's responsibility in this context.

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