Russia and Belarus policy

On 24 February 2022, without provocation, Russian forces initiated a comprehensive invasion of Ukraine. This egregious step is a blatant violation of the international order and its international law. The attacks have caused the deaths of numerous Ukrainians, terrible animal suffering and devastation of Ukrainian infrastructure and property. We condemn in the strongest possible terms Russia’s unprovoked, unjust and illegal invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s actions are a continuation and acceleration of the aggressive steps taken by Russia since early 2014 to undermine Ukrainian security and sovereignty, and have violated the Minsk Agreements.

Sanctions against Russia and Belarus

The European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on Russia in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The EU is also imposing sanctions on Belarus for its involvement in the invasion.

With these sanctions the European Union seeks to:

  • make it difficult for Russia to finance the war in Ukraine;
  • show the individuals responsible (such as the Russian political elite) the invasion of Ukraine has economic and political consequences;
  • make Belarus pay a heavy price for its involvement.

SCCN supports these sanctions and boycots Russian and Belarusian businesses and investors.