miercuri, 5 martie 2014
We ask US Congress to publicly condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine
March 5, 2014
The Honorable Ed Royce
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
2170 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Royce,
We are profoundly concerned about the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces and we call on the U.S. Congress to publicly condemn this aggression against an independent and sovereign nation, and to urge Russia to pull back its troops and respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, under the false pretext that it is defending the Russian minority in that country, will create a dangerous precedent where no country in the world with any kind of minority will be stable any longer.
Using the precedent created by Russia in Ukraine, any country can unilaterally invade another country under the guise of "defending" a minority. A similar pretext was used by Hitler in 1938 to invade Sudetenland, part of Czechoslovakia.
On the other side, a threatened country will start increasing its military and/or start a process of ethnic cleansing, in order to prevent an invasion. This will raise the tensions between different groups of people, which can easily escalate in conflicts that the world does not need.
We saw this scenario take place in the former Yugoslavia, where over one hundred thousand people were killed because they were of different ethnic background than the majority of the population from an area.
The world should learn from history’s tragedies and prevent creating precedents that permit such similar human atrocities to happen again.
Any concerns that Russia has about the well-being of a minority in Ukraine should be addressed with the government of Ukraine and involving the international community, using diplomatic and peaceful means, not to unilaterally invade an independent and sovereign nation.
We fully support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, according to international law, and we condemn its violation by the Russian Federation forces. Also, we fully support the desire of the Ukrainian people to pursue their own dreams and future, without being pressured or threatened by invading foreign military troops.
The corrupt politicians already deprived the people of Ukraine of the opportunity to live in a flourishing society. The current invasion and a potential conflict clearly does not bring to the people of Ukraine or Russia any benefits either.
Again, we call on the U.S. Congress to publicly condemn Russia’s act of aggression by invading Ukraine.
We also call on Congress to urge Russia to unconditionally pull back its troops from Ukraine and give the Ukrainian people the opportunity and the right to determine their own future.
Please consider our concerns during the upcoming hearing on the crisis in Ukraine."
© Posted by Marian Petruța at 3/05/2014