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Back to the Wall Mick Wallace defends vote against EU motion to condemn Russia

Wallace and his colleague Clare Daly were among just 13 MEPS who rejected the resolution, which was supported by 637 MEPS while a further 26 abstained.

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Ireland South MEP Mick Wallace.

Ireland South MEP Mick Wallace.

Ireland South MEP Mick Wallace.

Irish MEP Mick Wallace has defended his decision to oppose a European Parliamentary motion condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The motion also involved a text that argued in favour of advancing Ukraine’s candidacy for EU membership.

Wallace and his colleague Clare Daly were among just 13 MEPS who rejected the resolution, which was supported by 637 MEPS while a further 26 abstained.

The pair later claimed that they opposed the resolution because the EU was “manipulating public anger to accelerate militarisation.”

Speaking to Alan Corcoran on South East Radio’s Morning Mix on Wednesday morning, Wallace said that he and Daly “did what [they] thought was right.”

He said: “This resolution wasn’t just, ‘Do you condemn Russian aggression?’ There’s an absolute multitude of stuff in the resolution. Some of it we agree with and some of it we disagree with.”

Wallace said that he supported the text that condemns Russia’s “illegal, unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against and invasion of Ukraine” but can’t support the text welcoming “unity between the EU, NATO and other like-minded democratic partners.”

“One of the things that we voted against was it reiterates that NATO is the foundation of collective defence for the member states, who are NATO allies, and welcomes the unity between the EU and NATO,” he explained.

“We’re anti-war, NATO has nothing to do with peace, it’s to do with war, we’re pro-peace, we’re anti war.”

He added that he didn’t agree with other texts in the motion which called for EU member states to send “defensive weapons to Ukraine.”

“The way forward is not putting in more arms and guns in there, the way forward is negotiation,” Wallace said.

“The Ukrainians and the Russians, the French and the Germans, the Chinese and the Americans need to sit down and bring about a ceasefire.

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“The more arms that are going to go in there, the more Ukrainians that die,” he added.

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