Cook Islands PM, Mark Brown

RAROTONGA/CANBERRA, 28 FEBRUARY 2022 (COOK ISLANDSGOVT/DFAT) — The Cook Islands join with others in condemning Russia’s unprovoked invasion of the Ukraine.

“We call on Russia to end the hostilities and violations of the international rule of law.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukraine and her people at this time.  It is our hope Russia will heed calls to cease military operations in the Ukraine and withdraw immediately before there is further loss of innocent lives.

More than ever, diplomatic effort to de-escalate this situation is needed and we urge parties to return to dialogue,” a statement from Cook Islands government said.  

Meanwhile, Australia joins their partners in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

There is no justification for this aggression, whose cost will be borne by innocent Ukrainians.

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.

“We reiterate our staunch support for Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity – the bedrock principles of a rules-based world order,” a joint statement from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.

Russia’s actions are of deep concern to Australians – especially those who have family and loved ones there.

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

“We will 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,” they said. 

The Australian Government will continue working with our partners to keep Australians safe and defend our values and principles…. PACNEWS

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