Region: Europe

The delegation from Armenia visited the Palace of Westminster from 6 to 8 March 2023

Armenia delegation call for increased UK influence to encourage peace in the south Caucasus

BGIPU was delighted to host a delegation from Armenia from 6-8 March 2023. Arranged in close collaboration with the APPG for Armenia, the visit was led by Eduard Aghajanyan MP, Chair of the Armenian friendship group with the UK, and also included Sargis Khandanyan MP, Chair of the Armenian Foreign Affairs Committee, Maria Karapetyan MP, […]

Delegation from Latvia greeted by BGIPU Chair, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP

Latvian delegation focused on defence and security issues in exchanges with UK MPs/Peers

A delegation from the Saeima (Latvian Parliamentarian) visited UK from 20-22 February 2023 led by Mr Rihards Kols, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee (National Alliance Parliamentary Group), Ms Antoņina Nenaseva (Progressives Parliamentary Group), Mr Gatis Liepins (The New Unity Parliamentary Group), Ms Viktorija Pleskane (Stability! Parliamentary Group), Mr Jānis Vucans (Union of Green and […]

Volunteers stand on rubble of a destroyed building in Kahramanmaras, southern Türkiye, Adem ALTAN / AFP

IPU statement on earthquake in Türkiye and the Syrian Arab Republic

The IPU and the global parliamentary community express their deepest sorrow at the devastation and extensive loss of life in the wake of the earthquakes that struck southern Türkiye and northern Syria earlier this week. We convey our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones, solidarity to all those who are impacted, admiration for the first-responders and all those on […]

Ukraine MPs give high priority to maintaining strong UK support for their country in the face of Russia's illegal war

Exchanges with Ukraine counterparts prove vital to keep MP/Peers updated on Russia’s illegal war

From 28 November to 1 December 2022, BGIPU hosted a delegation of five parliamentarians from Ukraine. The visit was the third in a series of visits this year (the others being in June and July), reflecting BGIPU’s commitment to work with Verkhovna Rada members and make sure they have regular contact with their UK counterparts. […]

Nordic/Baltic Ambassadors provided an informative session for MPs/Peers addressing current responses in support of Ukraine and long-term strategies to deal with Russian aggression. in Europe.

Key Nordic/Baltic responses with UK to support Ukraine and address Russian aggression

On Tuesday 25 October 2022, BGIPU held a Nordic/Baltic Ambassador briefing chaired by BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP and APPG Norway Chair, Sir Mark Hendrick MP to hear from the Ambassadors of Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, the Deputy Head of Mission of Finland, and the Defence Attaché of Estonia on their respective country […]

First Cremer-Passy Prize goes to parliamentarians from Mexico and Ukraine

Ms. Cynthia Lopez Castro of Mexico, and the Chairman and all the Members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine have been awarded the first Cremer-Passy Prize at the 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda. The prize is named after the IPU founders William Randall Cremer and Frédéric Passy, visionary parliamentarians from Great Britain and France, who convened […]

The 145th IPU Assembly met in Kigali, Rwanda ©IPU Kigali, Rwanda 2022

IPU Assembly calls for immediate end to Russian occupation of Ukraine

The 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda has adopted a resolution on Ukraine entitled Condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine and of the subsequent annexation of territories, in defence of the territorial integrity of all States. The resolution calls for “an immediate end to the Russian military occupation of sovereign Ukrainian territory, restoring its territorial integrity back […]

Park Slavy, in Kherson, Getty Images.

IPU Leadership statement following illegal annexations of four Ukraine regions by Russia

We support and align ourselves with the position of the United Nations, as expressed by the UN Secretary-General, in condemning the illegal annexations of four regions (Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia) of the sovereign country of Ukraine, in violation of its territorial integrity and internationally recognized borders. The UN Charter is clear: any annexation of […]