Latviešu Nacionālā padome Lielbritānijā ir nosūtījusi vēstuli Lielbritānijas premjeram Deividam Kameronam, viņa vietniekam Nikam Klegam (Nick Clegg), ārlietu ministram Viljamam Heigam (William Hague) un opzīcijas vadītājam Edvardam Millibandam (Edward Miliband), vēršot uzmanību uz situāciju Ukrainā un paužot aicinājumu „izmantot Lielbritanijas rīcībā esošos diplomātiskos un ekonomiskos līdzekļus, lai apturētu Krievijas agresiju Ukrainā un izvairītos no situācijas tālākas destabilizācijas arī tai tuvējā Eiropas reģionā.”
Dear Prime Minister,
Latvian community in the UK and indeed in all Europe has been observing with
increasing anxiety the events of the past month in Ukraine, which have resulted in the tragic
deaths of many demonstrators in Kiev and the de facto occupation of Crimea by Russian forces. We also view with
great concern the trade sanctions invoked against the Lithuanian port of
Klaipeda in the past week – a direct result of the Lithuanian government’s
support of the Ukrainian government.
countries and nations of Eastern Europe have all experienced brutal occupation
and aggression from both Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany in the past century. In
the majority of cases, brutal subjugation came about under the pretext of „protection” by the aggressor nation and/or
the organisation of rigged plebiscites about our nations’ annexation. In practically all cases, these annexations
were followed by drastic repression against the inhabitants of these nations.
We also know that the appetite of the aggressor has a tendency to increase, and
that as a result cynicism and cold calculation replaces any remnant of moral
Thus our experience only increases our conviction
that, in order to preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,
the world, and in particular European nations, must act. Only the Ukrainian
people have the right to decide, according to democratic principles, the future
of the Ukrainian nation – including whether they wish to form greater links
with Europe or Russia. The introduction of Russian military forces in Crimea is
a massive violation of international law. Russia has no territorial rights to
Crimea, just as Hitler’s Germany had no rights to the Danzig Corridor.
We value most highly Great Britain’s role in the
creation of a free, united and democratic Europe and its efforts in finding a
solution to the situation facing Ukraine. At the same time, we would like to
encourage you to greater and more resolute action, as the discussions to date
have not led Russia to change its stand.
Taking into account the influential role the UK plays
in Europe’s relations with Russia, we would ask you to employ all the
diplomatic, economic and political means at your disposal to halt Russia’s
aggression in Ukraine and prevent the further destabilisation of the situation
both there and elsewhere in Europe.
Yours very sincerely,
Lilija Zobens, president of
the Latvian National Council in Great Britain
Pp Aldis Austers, president
of the European Latvian Association