Peace in Ukraine and West Bank debates on Tuesday at 16.00
The worsening plight of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels broke the ceasefire and began shelling Ukrainian forces in Avdiivka last week, will be debated by MEPs on Tuesday afternoon with Ian Borg, Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency, representing EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. This will be followed by another debate on the situation in the West Bank, including settlements.
Compliance with the Minsk agreements, which lay down ceasefire conditions in eastern Ukraine, but also EU economic sanctions against Russia, will most probably top the debate on Ukraine.
In the West Bank debate, MEPs are likely to raise the Israeli government’s recent decision to build 3,000 new houses in the West Bank and its so-called "Regulation Bill" - which retroactively “legalizes” several thousand settlements illegally built on Palestinian private land.