The Netherlands’ position

On 24 February, Russian armed forces invaded Ukraine. This followed President Putin’s announcement of a ‘special military operation’ in the Donbas region. 

The Netherlands wants the following:

  • It must be made clear that Russia’s aggression is unacceptable and that it will have severe consequences for Russia. The Netherlands condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. 
  • A massive package of EU sanctions must be imposed on Russia. The Netherlands wants heavy sanctions to be imposed on Russia. It is important for the EU member states to reach a consensus on this. Sanctions against Russia will also affect the Dutch economy. That is inevitable with an open economy like ours. See information about sanctions against Russia (in Dutch).
    The government is consulting closely with various partners, including the United States, the United Kingdom and within the European Union and NATO.  
  • To provide support to Ukraine. The government is providing humanitarian, economic and military support to Ukraine.

The Netherlands’ role in this situation

As a member of NATO, the EU and the Organization for Security and Co operation in Europe (OSCE), the Netherlands is in close consultation with other countries on this situation. In those talks, the Netherlands underscores the importance of diplomacy and dialogue.

The Netherlands supports EU sanctions against Russia following Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The Netherlands is also providing military goods to Ukraine.

In addition, the Netherlands contributes to NATO’s deterrence and defence posture. For instance, at NATO’s request the Netherlands is currently deploying fighter aircraft for air policing tasks over NATO territory in eastern Europe. 

For further details of the Netherlands’ efforts to strengthen NATO, see the letter to Parliament on recent developments related to the build-up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border (3 February). 

Details of the Netherlands’ military contribution to NATO can be found on the Ministry of Defence website.

Frequently asked questions about the situation in Russia and Ukraine