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Foreign Office responds to Pauline Latham OBE MP’s concerns over Ukraine

14th April 2014

Pauline Latham has received a response to the concerns she raised with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in relation to Russia’s conduct in the current Ukrainian crisis.

After receiving numerous representations from the Ukrainian community in Derby and Derbyshire, Mrs Latham wrote to the Foreign Office in March, asking what the Government were doing in the wake of the unrest in the country, and pressing for a firm response to Russian President, Vladimir Putin’s military manoeuvring in Crimea.

In his reply to Mrs Latham, the Minister for Europe at the FCO, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, said that the Government was ‘appalled’ by Putin’s actions with regard to Ukraine, and stressed that any bilateral military co-operation with Russia undertaken by the UK has now been suspended. In answer to Mrs Latham’s concerns about the referendum in Crimea, the Minister said that the UK Government does not recognise its legitimacy or legality.

Mr Lidington went on to say that the Foreign Secretary was hopeful that the situation could be resolved by mediation through the relevant channels, like the United Nations.

Mrs Latham, MP for Mid-Derbyshire said:
“It is undeniable that the situation in Ukraine is terrible, and that Russia’s actions in this instance have been in breach of international law. I am pleased that the Government recognises the severity of the upheaval, and is committed through its membership of the United Nations and the European Union, to resolve the country’s issues. I will continue to keep an eye on this matter, and represent the Ukrainian community in Derby and Derbyshire as best I can.”