Stronger sanctions on Russia needed

25 February 2022

Labour Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Brendan Howlin T.D. said:

“The unlawful and wholly unwarranted invasion of a sovereign nation by the forces of the Russian Federation demand an unprecedented international response.

“The sanctions set out to date do not go far enough. Ireland should publicly call for the exclusion of Russia from the SWIFT financial system.

“We should also seek a coordinated E.U. and likeminded countries’ response by expelling Ambassadors from Russia, from each of our countries.

“The invasion of a democratic country on our continent with such brutality has not been seen since the second world war.

“Ireland must show its strong adherence to international law and human rights by taking a lead in these issues and providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. We should welcome to Ireland those who seek refuge from this terrible conflict.”

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