DEFENCE: URGENT QUESTION ON UKRAINE

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Martin spoke as SNP Defence Spokesperson in response to an Urgent Question on the war in Ukraine. Here is an extract of Martin’s question in the Commons transcribed via Hansard:

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (SNP, West Dunbartonshire): At the weekend, the Ukrainian Government and peoples commemorated the Holodomor—the genocide inspired by the Government of Joseph Stalin. During those celebrations, as the Minister rightly said, the Russian Federation launched its largest air attack on Kyiv to date, which included 75 Iranian-made Shaheds towards the capital. Part of the financing of the Iranian regime comes from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Back in January, Ministers intimated to the House and to Members that they were considering proscribing the revolutionary guard, a financer of the Iranian regime that is feeding the Russian Federation’s military might. When will the Minister’s Government stop considering and start proscribing it?

The Minister for Armed Forces (James Heappey): These are not conversations to which I am directly privy, so I am loth to offer detail that I do not have. Suffice it to say that the debate is more nuanced than the hon. Gentleman implies in his question, but I suspect he knows that. When we proscribe an organisation such as the IRGC, which is so integral to the Iranian state, we can make it quite hard to have any sort of communication with the Iranian state, but those are matters for colleagues in the Foreign Office. I will bring his question to their attention, and encourage them to write to him or seek to respond in some other way.

Watch the Urgent Question in full here.

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