Russia measures will hurt, but that is a price we have to pay back, Rutte suggests

Mark Rutte outlined the government’s posture on Ukraine to MPs on Monday. Picture: Bart Maat ANP

The Netherlands is prepared to do extra to strain Russia around its invasion of Ukraine, prime minister Mark Rutte stated in a assertion in parliament on Monday.

This is not a time for division but for a cohesive nationwide and worldwide solution to the aggression, Rutte explained. ‘Putin has done all he could to sow dissent, but he has obtained the opposite,’ Rutte stated. ‘All democratic nations around the world are united in their reaction.’

The steps which are becoming carried out will have an effect on the world financial system, on Dutch corporations which export to Ukraine and Russia and on all of us now strength prices are very likely to rise continue to more, Rutte claimed.

‘If that is the price of safety, then we will have to be geared up to shell out that,’ he reported. ‘And the cabinet will do all it can to reduce the economic effects.’

‘One point is clear. Our safety is our most valuable possession and the basis for our free of charge and democratic society and we have to protect it, and defend it,’ Rutte said.

In addition, some Ukrainians will appear to the Netherlands to escape the Russian risk ‘and I am confident that the Netherlands will demonstrate solidarity with them,’ he reported, referring to Sunday’s demonstrations in Amsterdam and other cities.

The Netherlands, he mentioned, would get the job done in just Europe to make certain that everyone fleeing the fighting and seeking a position of safety would be served.


D66 chief Sjoerd Sjoerdsma explained all through the debate that his bash is geared up to contemplate almost everything needed, which include rising the defence ministry price range. ‘In phrases of defence, gasoline or EU cooperation, we want breakthroughs. There are no taboos,’ Sjoerdsma claimed.

The Netherlands has agreed to mail 40 Panzerfaust 3 anti-tank weapons and 400 missiles to Ukraine on best of the 200 Stinger air defence systems and other equipment which have currently been agreed.

The Netherlands is also hunting into the chance of contributing both of those Patriot weapon devices and troops to the new Nato fight group in Slovakia, jointly with Germany, defence minister Kasja Ollongren instructed MPs on Saturday.

The goal is to further improve Nato’s collective deterrent and defence functionality on the jap flank of the region and reassure Nato allies in the region, Ollongren reported.

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