Procedure : 2013/2826(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B7-0393/2013

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Debates :

PV 11/09/2013 - 15
CRE 11/09/2013 - 15

Votes :

PV 12/09/2013 - 13.16
CRE 12/09/2013 - 13.16

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0389/2013

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the pressure exerted by Russia on Eastern Partnership countries (in the context of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius) (2013/2826(RSP))

Kristiina Ojuland, Graham Watson, Leonidas Donskis, Marietje Schaake, Sarah Ludford, Edward McMillan-Scott, Andrew Duff, Johannes Cornelis van Baalen, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Hannu Takkula on behalf of the ALDE Group

European Parliament resolution on the pressure exerted by Russia on Eastern Partnership countries (in the context of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius) (2013/2826(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Joint Communication of the European Commission and of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy entitled ‘Eastern Partnership: A Roadmap to the autumn 2013 Summit’ (JOIN(2012) 13),

–  having regard to its previous resolutions, in particular that of 7 April 2011 on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy – Eastern Dimension(1),

–  having regard to its resolutions containing the European Parliament’s recommendations to the Council, the Commission and the European External Action Service on the negotiations of the EU-Armenia Association Agreement(2), on the negotiations of the EU-Azerbaijan Association Agreement(3), on the negotiations of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement(4), on the negotiations of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement(5) and on the negotiations of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement(6),

–  having regard to the Joint Declarations of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit of 7 May 2009 and of the Warsaw Eastern Partnership Summit of 29-30 September 2011,

–  having regard to the recent trade disputes between the Russian Federation and some of the Eastern Partnership countries,

–  having regard to the objectives and commitments of the EU and Russia pursuant to the Partnership for Modernisation,

–  having regard to the European Commission Memo on Armenia, published on 4 September 2013,

–  having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas Russia is continuing to pursue and gradually increase a combination of hostile economic and political measures towards countries that are actively seeking closer association and integration with the European Union;

B.  whereas the principles of national sovereignty, mutual trust and good neighbourly relations would require Russia to refrain from using trade and customs restrictions, phytosanitary standards and harsh rhetoric to pursue its foreign policy objectives;

C.  whereas continuous engagement within the Eastern Partnership framework has offered adhering countries a comprehensive agenda for pursuing reforms that benefit their citizens;

D.  whereas the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2013 is expected to make progress on the Association Agreement processes and promote the closer integration of the Eastern Partnership countries with the European Union;

E.  whereas Russia has imposed a series of targeted sanctions against Ukraine’s exports designed to undermine its government’s commitment to finalise the Association Agreement with the European Union;

F.  whereas Russian officials have alluded to the possibility of stepping up pressure on the Republic of Moldova through an export ban on its wine industry and additional obstacles impeding progress towards resolution of the Transnistrian conflict;

G.  whereas the President of Armenia has declared his country’s interest in pursuing closer ties with the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union;

H.  whereas Russia still occupies Georgian sovereign territory and has shown little willingness to advance the Geneva talks to find a solution to the conflict;

I.  whereas Russia has been able to exploit the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to its own strategic advantage and has failed to put its full weight behind the search for a political resolution to the conflict;

1.  Calls on the Council, the Commission, the EEAS and the EU Member States to state clearly their full solidarity with the Eastern Partnership countries under Russian pressure;

2.  Calls on the Russian Federation to abstain from exerting undue pressure on the Eastern Partnership countries and to fully respect their sovereign right to pursue their own political choices; emphasises that Russian leaders must realise that stability, prosperity and security are not elements of a zero-sum game, but the result of cooperation among equal partners;

3.  Stresses that the European Union must not regard the Russian measures as mere trade policy incidents but view them as part of a Russian campaign to undermine the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership;

4.  Calls on Russia to comply fully with its WTO commitments and not to apply undue trade and customs restrictions for purely political motives; calls on the Commission to consider possible responses to Russia’s failure to meet its WTO commitments, both towards the European Union and towards the Eastern Partnership countries;

5.  Hopes that the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November will give renewed impetus to gradual integration and substantially deepen the relationship between the Eastern Partnership countries and the European Union;

6.  Points out that the Eastern Partnership is more than the expansion of free trade and must be complemented by political integration and specific measures to increase people-to-people contact, and act as an impetus for further reforms;

7.  Emphasises that the European Union can and should also play a stronger and more pro-active role in seeking political solutions to the frozen conflicts in the Eastern neighbourhood and, in the run-up to the Vilnius Summit, encourages the High Representative and the EEAS to present an action plan for renewing the EU’s commitment to finding political solutions to these frozen conflicts;

8.  Calls for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014 as a protest by the international community against the long-standing and widespread abuse of fundamental rights in Russia and Russia’s antagonistic stance towards its neighbours;

9.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council of the European Union, to the Commission and to the EEAS, as well as to the Member States, the Russian Federation and the Eastern Partnership countries.


Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0153.


Texts adopted, P7_TA(2012)0128.


Texts adopted, P7_TA(2012)0127.


Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0385.


Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0514.


Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0545.

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