A clear majority of the new look lower house of parliament want to continue providing financial, diplomatic and humanitarian help to Ukraine, it emerged during Tuesday’s debate on the Dutch position ahead of the coming EU summit.
The VVD, GroenLinks-PvdA, NSC, CDA, VOLT, ChristenUnie and D66 all backed caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte’s position, and supported a proposal to start EU membership talks with both Ukraine and Moldova.
However, Gijs Tuinman, a former army officer and now MP for the pro-countryside BBB, said while his party backed providing Ukraine with money and weapons it was not keen on fast-track EU entry talks. In particular, ammunition is in short supply in Ukraine, Tuinman said, and asked “when will the first Dutch grenades roll off the assembly time?”
The far-right PVV, now the biggest party in the lower house with 37 MPs, is opposed to providing military support for Ukraine and any further EU expansion.
PVV parliamentarian Emiel van Dijk said during the debate the party is opposed to expanding the union with “even more poor and often corrupt” countries and said he feared Dutch taxpayers will be left to pick up the bill.
European leaders will meet on Thursday and Friday to discuss the situation in Ukraine and EU expansion, as well as the situation in the Middle East.
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