Ivana Bacik TD
04 October 2016

Labour Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Senator Ivana Bacik, has called for Ireland to take a stronger stance against Russia, in light of the appalling situation in Aleppo, with the ongoing bombardment of the city by Russian and Syrian government forces having resulted in the deaths and injuries of so many civilians, including children.

Senator Bacik said that Labour would be putting down a priority question in the Dáil during Foreign Affairs questions next week, to ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, what action Ireland is taking to ensure that the EU takes a strong stance against Russia in light of the breaking of the ceasefire and their abandonment of the peace process in Syria.

Senator Bacik said:

“The scale of the bombardment of Aleppo and the clear abandonment by Russia of the peace process that had previously been under negotiation, mean that Ireland should now be taking a stronger stance, both unilaterally and within the EU, to censure Russia for their actions.

I would request that the Minister should call in the Russian Ambassador to Ireland, to account for the actions of his government in conducting this horrific bombardment of the civilian population in Aleppo, which has led to such widescale suffering there.”

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