Briefing 
 

Debate on Syria, Russia and peace talks with North Korea 

The escalating war in Syria, after the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday afternoon.

It will be followed by a debate on the situation in Russia and on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Syria

 

During the March plenary session, MEPs blamed the Assad regime, Russia and Iran for the heinous crimes committed in Syria. The Syrian regime’s offensive against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, including the alleged use of chemical weapons, is evidence of the spiralling violence, said MEPs. 

 

Russia

 

After Russian president Vladimir Putin’s re-election for the second consecutive term in March, MEPs will take stock of the situation in Russia and its ambition to maintain an aggressive international agenda: support for the Assad regime, the ongoing annexation of Crimea, meddling in Western countries’ elections and the alleged use of the nerve agent Novichok against former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter, amongst others. The debate will by wound up by a resolution to be voted on in May I plenary.

 

Korean Peninsula

 

MEPs will debate the EU’s role in facilitating peace talks on the Korean Peninsula, to be addressed at the inter-Korean summit later this month and to be followed up by a North Korean and US summit in May.

 

A delegation from the EP’s committee on Foreign Affairs, led by its chair David McAllister (EPP, DE), visited Japan and the Republic of Korea, including the demilitarised zone near the North Korean border, on 2-6 April 2018. The delegation has advocated for a new boost to peace talks and for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, urging that pressure on North Korea should be maintained, until it delivers in a concrete manner.



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Debate: Tuesday, 17 April

Vote: May I plenary (Russia)

Procedure:  High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Statement

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