PVV, SGP ignore pledge to back Ukraine “as long as necessary”

A sign in support of Ukraine in an Amsterdam window. Photo: DutchNews.nl

Leaders from most of the main Dutch political parties have signed a pledge to continue to support Ukraine “as long as necessary” on the second anniversary of the invasion by Russia.

But the far right PVV, which won most seats at last year’s general election was not among the signatories. Nor was the Socialist party or the fundamentalist Protestant SGP.

“The brave men and women on the front line are fighting to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” the statement said. “They are fighting not only for the future of Ukraine but for the freedom of all of Europe.”

“It is crucial that Ukraine can continue to defend itself in the coming year. And we stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine politically, economically and militarily, today and as long as necessary.”

On Friday foreign affairs minister Hanke Bruins Slot said the Netherlands would shortly sign a 10 year agreement with Ukraine. “Our own security is closely linked to the security of Ukraine,” Bruins Slot said. “Ukraine must be assured they can count on our support in the longer term. It is also a powerful signal towards Russia: the West is standing firm.”


Support for Ukraine is likely to be a key issue in the coming round of talks on forming a new government. Three of the four parties involved in the negotiations did sign the pledge.

However, PVV leader Geert Wilders, who is hoping to be the next Dutch prime minister, said on social media that a caretaker cabinet “really cannot sign a 10 year agreement”.

Wilders did, nevertheless, indicate a softening in his hard line on Ukraine to date by saying that “the PVV supports Ukraine and is prepared to talk about all forms of help.”

Asked by NOS if that included military support, Wilders said that his social media post “did indeed say ‘every’.” “And we are prepared to talk about it,” he told the broadcaster.

The VVD, which came third in the November election, has said it will not support a cabinet that withdraws military backing for Ukraine.

Since the invasion two years ago, the Netherlands has provided €2.6 billion work of military aid  and a further €2 billion has been earmarked for Ukraine this year.

Meanwhile, prime minister Mark Rutte has issued an English language message to the people of Ukraine. “I want you to know the Netherlands is with you, even if it takes a long time and even if it is difficult,” Rutte said.

The Dutch prime minister is tipped to be the next leader of the Nato alliance.

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