European Parliament reaffirms support for Ukraine ahead of EU-Ukraine Summit

European Parliament reaffirms support for Ukraine ahead of EU-Ukraine Summit

On 2 February, the European Parliament voted on a resolution in preparation of the EU-Ukraine Summit scheduled to be held in Kyiv on 3 February 2023. Sanctions against Russia, military support and EU membership were among the topics discussed.

Sport-related matters made it on the agenda as well when MEPs "condemn[ed]” the IOC’s recent statement to look into possibilities to allow Russian and Belarussian athletes to compete in qualifications for the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris under a neutral flag, which they deemed, “runs counter to those countries’ multifaceted isolation and will be used by both regimes for propaganda purposes”. MEP Andrzej Halicki (EPP) notably considered the Olympic ban to be a significant symbolic measure to exert pressure on Russia and Belarus whilst highlighting the Olympic Games as a symbol of peace, thereby further expressing his opposition to the two countries’ participation.
It is worth to note that currently the IOC has not yet decided on the participation of Russian and Belarussian athletes but is exploring the matter. The IOC published a Q&A about their considerations on 2 February.

Besides, MEPs called for EU Member States to boost and accelerate their military aid to Kyiv, including the delivery of weaponry as well as political, economic, infrastructural, financial, and humanitarian assistance. Additionally, Member States were urged to swiftly implement a tenth set of sanctions against Russia, highlighting the necessity for EU countries to remain united in the face of Russian aggression.

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