Release from the PCP Press Office

On the recent developments in Eastern Europe

The PCP expresses its deep concern at the developments of the situation in Eastern Europe.

The current situation and its recent developments are inseparable from decades of political tension and growing confrontation between the US and NATO against the Russian Federation, on the military, economic and political levels, considering the continuous expansion of NATO and the systematic increase of deployment of means and military contingents of this political-military bloc increasingly closer to the borders of the Russian Federation.

The situation in Ukraine cannot also be dissociated from the 2014 coup d'état, promoted by the US, NATO and the EU, carried out by fascist groups, and which led to the imposition of a xenophobic and warmongering regime, whose violent action is responsible for the heightening of fractures and divisions, for the discrimination and denial of the population's fundamental and citizenship rights, and for the outbreak of war in that country.

When there are some who now express their concern about the Minsk accords, signed seven years ago, it is important to bear in mind that the Ukrainian regime not only never complied with them, downright overtly, but also prevented the implementation of a political solution to the conflict in Donbass, being responsible for constant ceasefire violations, successive provocations and a massive concentration of military forces along the demarcation line – an action that has significantly increased in recent weeks –, threatening to launch large-scale military action in that region. The decision now taken by the Russian Federation cannot be viewed apart from this conjuncture and its developments.

The PCP reaffirms the need to undertake initiatives that contribute to de-escalation and favour a process of dialogue with a view to a peaceful solution to the conflict, as well as the promotion of peace and security in Europe, in compliance with the principles of the UN Charter and the Final Act of the Helsinki Conference.

The PCP denounces the dangerous strategy of tension and warmongering propaganda promoted by the US, NATO and the EU, and calls for action to be taken in defence of a peaceful solution of international conflicts, for an end to imperialism's aggressions and interferences, for the rejection of the expansion of NATO and for its dissolution, against the militarisation of the European Union, for the principles of peace and disarmament enshrined in the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic.