Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Australian PM: ‘Putin has fabricated a feeble pretext on which to invade’


Australia has joined its international partners in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“There is no justification for this aggression, whose cost will be borne by innocent Ukrainians,” said Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

“Vladimir Putin has fabricated a feeble pretext on which to invade. Russia’s disinformation and propaganda has convinced no one.”

“We call on Russia to cease its illegal and unprovoked actions, and to stop violating Ukraine’s independence. Russia must reverse its breach of international law and of the UN Charter, and withdraw its military from Ukraine.”

The Prime Minister said Australia reiterated its staunch support for Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity – “the bedrock principles of a rules-based world order”.

“Russia’s actions are of deep concern to Australians – especially those who have family and loved ones there,” Mr Morrison said.

“Australia will continue playing our part to ensure Russia pays the high price this invasion warrants.”

He said Australia would place financial sanctions on an additional 25 persons and four entities who have been responsible for the “unprovoked and unacceptable aggression”.

“We will put restrictions on Australians investing in a further four financial institutions. We will be working with like-minded countries on further consequences for Russia.”

“The Australian Government will continue working with our partners to keep Australians safe and defend our values and principles,” the Prime Minister said.

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