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European parliaments have reacted strongly to Russia's attack on Ukraine. On Friday, speakers of parliaments were present in two different configurations due to the war in Ukraine.
In the morning, the speakers of the Nordic and Baltic countries met remotely, followed immediately by a meeting between the speakers of EU countries, the European Parliament and the Ukrainian Parliament.
"In all the discussions, our common message was repeated and that is our support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity," concludes Matti Vanhanen, Speaker of Parliament, who attended both meetings.
Russia's attack on Ukraine is also against the entire European security architecture.
Vanhanen met Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk for the second time in just over a day, as Vanhanen and Stefanchuk also had a video call on Thursday morning.
"Meetings with the speakers are important. We speakers have a good feel for the political debate that is taking place in different countries. From both meetings today, a clear and united message of solidarity for Ukraine emerged. Economic sanctions against Russia have also been taken on a common front. Maintaining this unity is important," Vanhanen says.