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star this property date less than 2014-09-05more like thismore than 2014-09-05
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Written Questions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of named day written questions were answered by his Department within the prescribed period in the (a) 2012-13 session, (b) 2013-14 session and (c) 2014-15 session to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds Central more like this
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Hilary Benn more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-10more like thismore than 2014-09-10
unstar this property answer text <p>In 2012-13 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) received 572 named day questions, of which 570 (99.7%) were answered on time. In 2013-14 the FCO received 721 named day questions, of which 713 (98.9%) were answered on time. As at 5 September 2014, 195 named day questions had been tabled with dates for answer on or before 5 September, of which 185 (94.8%) had been answered on time.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-09-10T12:20:15.0458187Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-10T12:20:15.0458187Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Lidington remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hilary Benn more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-11more like thismore than 2014-07-11
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Written Questions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on responding to parliamentary questions where the subject file or letter is within the scope of the Official Secrets Act 1989. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bassetlaw more like this
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John Mann more like this
unstar this property uin 205432 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-21more like thismore than 2014-07-21
unstar this property answer text <p>The Foreign and Commonwealth Office follows Cabinet Office guidance on drafting answers to Parliamentary Questions which is publicly available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/drafting-answers-to-parliamentary-questions-guidance.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-07-21T11:46:06.7539049Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-21T11:46:06.7539049Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Lidington remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Mann more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Written Questions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's latest internal guidance for officials on the drafting of answers to parliamentary questions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
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Philip Davies more like this
unstar this property uin 211069 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
unstar this property answer text <p>The Office of the Leader of the House provides guidance to all Departments on the practice of answering Parliamentary Questions.</p><p>The full Guide is available on the gov.uk website at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-parliamentary-work" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-parliamentary-work</a>. A copy of the guidance has already been placed in the Library. The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons intends to review the Guide to Parliamentary Work in the coming months.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-10-27T15:08:53.3357866Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-27T15:08:53.3357866Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Lidington remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-12more like thismore than 2014-06-12
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Written Questions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department in the last parliamentary Session did not receive a substantive answer by the time of the 2014 prorogation; and when each such question was first tabled. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Moor View more like this
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Alison Seabeck more like this
unstar this property uin 200591 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-23more like thismore than 2014-06-23
unstar this property answer text <p>The Foreign and Commonwealth Office received 2,331 Commons written questions in the 2013/14 session. All received a substantive answer before Prorogation. Questions tabled just before Prorogation, which had invalid notice periods, were not able to be answered.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-06-23T15:00:44.2978314Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-23T15:00:44.2978314Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Lidington remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alison Seabeck more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-14more like thismore than 2014-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading West Africa more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effects on political stability of the Ebola outbreak in countries having difficulty managing its spread. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
unstar this property answer text <p>The Ebola outbreak has already generated sporadic public order, social and political problems. While we do not anticipate a major breakdown in the countries affected, we recognise the possibility of deterioration and are working to mitigate this risk through increased political messaging, security sector support and though bilateral and multilateral channels. <br><br>The UK will continue to work with the affected governments, regional bodies such as the Economic Union of West African States and with other international partners to ensure that risks of instability are managed. Since April 2013 the International Security Advisory Team (ISAT) has been supporting the security sectors in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to help build economic and political stability. ISAT’s work with Sierra Leone builds on more than ten years of UK support for the country’s security sector following the end of the civil war in 2002.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-10-21T13:38:11.1662749Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T13:38:11.1662749Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir David Lidington remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-14more like thismore than 2014-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading West Africa more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to adopt and promote the recommendations of the West Africa Commission on Drugs in its report, Not Just in Transit, Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa, published on 12 June 2014; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
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Caroline Lucas more like this
unstar this property uin 210527 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
unstar this property answer text <p>Drug trafficking in West Africa is a multi-million pound business, which damages the social fabric in both West Africa as a region of transit, and in destination countries such as Europe, the Middle East and North America. Tackling drug trafficking in West Africa will require international co-operation and long-term commitment, using a wide range of policy and law enforcement tools. <br><br>We have noted with interest the conclusions and recommendations of the report by the Kofi Annan Foundation’s West Africa Commission on Drugs, and the report has informed our thinking as we take forward our own activity on this issue. Priority areas for action in the region include bearing down on corruption, strengthening good governance, building regional ability to share information and conduct investigations, improving joint action on borders and cross-border traffic, and building criminal justice capacity. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will continue to work with the National Crime Agency and the Crown Prosecution Service to strengthen regional capacity in all these areas. <br><br>The UK is also working with G7 and other international partners to better coordinate serious and organised crime-related assistance in West Africa. A new G7+ Assistance Strategy Committee will meet for the first time in November to set collective assistance priorities for the next five years.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-10-21T13:42:18.7374755Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T13:42:18.7374755Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-15more like thismore than 2014-07-15
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Ukraine: Russia more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that Crimea is still internationally recognised as part of the Ukraine. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-22more like thismore than 2014-07-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government strongly condemns Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea which violates the UN Charter and is illegal under international law. The UK co-sponsored UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 on the &quot;Territorial Integrity of Ukraine&quot;, which was adopted on 27 March 2014 with 100 votes in favour and only 11 against. This result delivered a resounding international condemnation of Russian actions in Crimea and made clear Russia’s isolation in the Security Council and in the international community. <br> <br>G7 leaders issued a statement on 4 June which affirmed G7 countries’ non-recognition of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and condemned the unacceptable interference in Ukraine’s sovereign affairs by the Russian Federation. G7 Leaders confirmed the decision by G7 countries to impose sanctions on individuals and entities who had actively supported or implemented the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and who were threatening the peace, security and stability of Ukraine. They underlined their implementation of a strict policy of non-recognition with respect to Crimea/Sevastopol, in line with UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262.</p><p>The EU has regularly condemned Russian actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine and supported action including the imposition of travel bans and asset freezes on 72 individuals and the sanctioning of two entities; the cancellation of the EU-Russia Summit; agreement not to hold bilateral summits; and a decision to block Russian membership of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and International Energy Agency.</p><p>On 16 July, and in line with the EU’s policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the Prime Minister and other EU Leaders requested the European Commission and the European External Action Service to present proposals for additional measures on restricting investments in Crimea and Sevastopol. The European Council also asked the International Financial Institutions to refrain from financing any projects that explicitly or implicitly recognised the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol.</p><p>The UK remains firmly committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-07-22T15:12:01.5649862Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-22T15:12:01.5649862Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-03more like thismore than 2014-09-03
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Ukraine: Russia more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on a link between pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine and the Russian government. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-10more like thismore than 2014-09-10
unstar this property answer text <p>The Russian government has been linked with the crisis in Ukraine since its beginning, when some Russian servicemen were given state medals for their role in the illegal annexation of Crimea in spite of initial denials by Russia that they had been involved.</p><p> </p><p>On 28 August the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) expressed his concern by further mounting evidence of Russian troop involvement in Ukraine. This followed the release of satellite imagery taken by NATO on 21 and 23 August which showed Russian self-propelled artillery units inside Ukraine in the vicinity of the Luhansk province. Brigadier-General Nico Tak, Head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) crisis management centre, said that NATO had also detected large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defence systems, artillery, tanks and armoured personnel carriers being transferred to separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.</p><p> </p><p>On 28 August the British Ambassador to the UN made a statement which detailed evidence he had received further demonstrating the extent of Russian involvement in Ukraine. The separatist arsenal included up to 100 Main Battle Tanks; 80 Armoured Personnel Carriers; 100 MANPADs; 500 Anti-Tank weapons; and over 100 artillery pieces. Almost all of these were supplied directly by Russia since the conflict started.</p><p> </p><p>On 15 August a convoy of 23 armoured personnel carriers crossed into Ukraine close to where the Russian humanitarian convoy was awaiting customs clearance. The following day a further convoy of 84 military vehicles crossed the border.</p><p> </p><p>On 7 August, 50 vehicles, including tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and BM-21 GRAD Multiple Rocket Launchers crossed from Russia into Ukraine at the Chervonopartisansk border crossing.</p><p> </p><p>On 25 August, 10 Russian paratroopers belonging to the 331st Regiment of the 98th Svirsk Airborne Division were captured near the village of Dzerkalne - 20km inside Ukrainian territory. Satellite imagery confirmed the deployment of Russian armoured vehicles supported by artillery south of Donetsk close to this location. On 28 August another Russian soldier, Petr Khokhlov, serving with the 9th Motor Rifle Brigade, was captured and detained in Luhansk.</p><p> </p><p>In light of this evidence, it is not credible for Russia and pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk to claim that these serving members of the Russian armed forces were in Ukraine ‘by accident’ or ‘on holiday’.</p><p> </p><p>Russia can no longer pretend that it is not a direct party to this conflict, indeed this conflict would no longer exist without direct Russian military involvement in support of the separatists. The Prime Minister has called for such activity to cease immediately and has warned of further sanctions if Russia’s behaviour continues.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-09-10T12:18:52.4486842Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-10T12:18:52.4486842Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-03more like thismore than 2014-09-03
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Ukraine: Russia more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contingency plans are in place for the eventuality that Russia continues to place troops in Ukraine. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-09more like thismore than 2014-09-09
unstar this property answer text <p>The situation in eastern Ukraine is of grave concern. The 18 August European Council condemned the increasing inflows of fighters and weapons from the territory of the Russian Federation into eastern Ukraine as well as the aggression by Russian armed forces on Ukrainian soil. It called upon the Russian Federation to immediately withdraw all its military forces from Ukraine. In response to the ongoing action against Ukraine’s territorial integrity the EU has imposed sectoral measures against Russia in addition to measures already imposed in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea. We called on the European Commission to continue work on further measures to act as a further deterrent to Russia and to ensure we are prepared to apply greater costs if Russia continues on its path, this work is progressing swiftly in Brussels. On 5 September, The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Runnymead and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) expressed determination to impose further sanctions in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine if a ceasefire was not reached and upheld.</p><p>NATO has also been working to help strengthen Ukraine’s security capability, and undertaken a number of reassurance measures for Allies. The UK is playing an active role and offering significant contributions to NATO efforts. As part of reassurance measures, the UK is contributing four Typhoons to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission and a Sentry E-3D aircraft, as part of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force. We are also augmenting NATO exercises in which we were already participating and contributing to new ones. At the NATO Summit on 5 September, the Prime Minister stated that the UK would always uphold Article 5 commitments to collective self-defence and expressed the hope that a multi-national spearhead force deployable anywhere in the world in just 2 to 5 days would be formed.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-09-09T16:08:42.3331322Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-09T16:08:42.3331322Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-04more like thismore than 2014-09-04
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Ukraine: Russia more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the actions of the Russian Federation in relation to Ukraine are compliant with the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Clwyd West more like this
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Mr David Jones more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-09more like thismore than 2014-09-09
unstar this property answer text <p>The situation in Ukraine remains of very grave concern to the UK, and Russia’s actions have presented the most serious security crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War. With international partners we have unreservedly condemned all illegal interventions by Russia in Ukraine. In particular, the UK does not, and will not, recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. This violates the UN Charter, is illegal under international law and breaches the commitments Russia made in the Budapest Memorandum. That is why Russia has been isolated in the Security Council and in the wider international community. We have, as required under the the terms of the memorandum, consulted the US frequently since the occupation and annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of the east by Russian-backed separatists. Both the US and UK continue to ensure that Russia pays a price through sanctions for the annexation of Crimea and its incursion into south-eastern Ukraine; we will maintain our pressure on Russia to use its influence to de-escalate the situation in the east.</p><p>The Budapest Memorandum does not specify any military commitments. In this Memorandum, in return for Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons, Russia joined the UK and US in reaffirming their obligation to “refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defence or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.” Russia is in clear breach of those commitments as well as a number of other international obligations and commitments, including under the UN Charter and the OSCE Helsinki Final Act.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-09-09T16:06:15.7063155Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-09T16:06:15.7063155Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr David Jones more like this