The leaders of the four factions in the European Parliament have written an open letter to the citizens of Russia calling for cooperation and cooperation against the war. The call is being published in several European newspapers, including Le Monde in France, The Guardian in the UK and Die Welt in Germany. The call will be announced without change.
“Dear European Neighbors,
A terrible, fearsome, unacceptable war is breaking the heart of our continent.
You know why.
Because the Russian army invaded Ukraine.
Your president has decided to go to war with a country that has not attacked anyone, he just wanted to live in peace with his neighbors, with you and with us.
This war has already claimed too many lives. It mourns Ukrainian families who are being bombed, besieged and forced to flee their homes. He will also kill your children who have been sent to kill innocent people, without, of course, understanding why.
This war must end, as so many of you – mothers, fathers, journalists, professors, teachers, students, priests, scientists, artists and writers – are boldly demanding in their petitions.
And we are now telling you that no one is threatening Russia, that Ukraine, the European Union, the United States and NATO do not want to harm you. No one has annexed a single square meter of Russia, nor would they want to. There are no NATO missiles in Ukraine, neither Europeans nor Americans.
No soldier in the North Atlantic Alliance has set foot or would set foot in Russia, neither American nor European.
There is only one thing that threatens your country: the fear that leaders are waking up to what they are doing in Ukraine now. Because the result is a series of economic sanctions, mistrust and the resulting mutual resentment, the abandonment of mutually beneficial cooperation.
The only thing your presidency fears is that Ukraine can develop into a successful, prosperous democracy that defeats corruption and the rule of oligarchs, setting an example for a better Russia.
There is no explanation for this war, and yes, it must be stopped immediately because it is incapable, unjust, and carries even greater dangers for all of us. Our 27 Member States, your 27 neighbors, the 27 Member States of the European Union, are only waiting and hoping for a day when Europe can work with you for the stability and prosperity of our common continent.
We owe it to our children and parents. We owe this to the decades of peace that Europe has enjoyed since the Second World War, despite the Cold War. And above all, we owe it to our identity, to our common European culture, because you, like us, are primarily European.
From St. Petersburg to Lisbon, Paris or Moscow to Berlin, Kiev, Warsaw, our young people follow the same lifestyle and taste and are just as thirsty for freedom. All generations together, from Dublin to Vladivostok, are all European because our history has always been intertwined, because Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Bulgakov belong to our common heritage, the pantheon of world literature, where Shakespeare, Hugo, Shevchenko, Goethe, Goethe place.
We are all European, drawing our common culture from Greek philosophy, Roman law, the Old and New Testaments, the Enlightenment, and the democracy of Athens and Rome, rediscovered by the British and French revolutions.
Let us work together to put an immediate end to these dark hours and work with the current and future members of your Federation and our Union to find the path of cooperation that Europe and the world so desperately need.
Let us see the end of the East-West confrontation no longer as a victory or a defeat, but as the beginning of an era of continental democracy and prosperity. Let us work to bring about the long-awaited day when we can unite our intellectual, natural and scientific riches to strengthen Europe, its culture and its civilization. Yes, let’s work for the moment when bridges curve through forgotten walls. Let us continue to work, because the goal is far from impossible, because you and we, our dear Russian friends, reject the war. We know that many of you condemn Putin’s sinful attack and want peace. Despite the threat of arbitrary arrests and severe punishment, we hear your voice.
We know and are sure of all this, and that is why we are turning to you today with the hope that our message will serve and accelerate our reconciliation and leave this tense situation, the sanctions and, above all, this war that your President has unjustly unleashed on Ukraine as soon as possible. to your people, to you and your children.
Long live Europe! Long live peace!
Manfred Weber, Chairman of the Group of the European People’s Party
Iratxe García Pérez, Chairman of the Socialist and Democrat Group
Mrs. Stéphane Séjourné, Let’s Renew Europe! group chairman
Manon Aubry and Martin Schirdewan, co-chairs of the Left in the European Parliament
Bernard Guetta, Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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