Amsterdam, 12 May 2022 (TDI): Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte was invited by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He virtually addressed the Parliament of Ukraine on their war with Russia.

Prime Minister Rutte stated that the war in Ukraine is a shared future of the West and that it concerns their freedom. Rutte further said that they celebrated Liberation Day differently in the Netherlands as a result of the war in Ukraine.

He pointed out that freedom has a price and highlighted the West’s forces of democracy being more united. More to this, the Prime Minister said that Russian President Putin miscalculated the war when he expected a quick victory.

He urged that they work together by seizing every opportunity to scale up cooperation between the EU and Ukraine. In addition, Rutte suggested uniting on recovery as well as reconstruction in such a way that draws Ukraine closer to the EU.

He maintained that sanctions against Russia must stay in place until the end of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

As a result, he pointed out on the West taking the following big step quickly by halting the purchasing of Russian oil and that the Netherlands is ready to make this step altogether with its allies and partners.

“I believe we should take the next big step as quickly as possible and stop buying Russian oil. Let me say clearly that the Netherlands is ready to take this step together with our partners and allies, without delay,” said the Prime Minister.

Therefore, he stated that the Netherlands will proceed in their work for justice for Ukraine. He made a comparison between the MH17 disaster and the fighting for justice against the Russians. Lastly, the Prime Minister promised that the Netherlands will work hard in ensuring justice.

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