Leo Varadkar said the EU and some Western powers were applying “double standards” to Israel and Palestine.
The Prime Minister said the stance of some Western countries in response to the war between Israel and Hamas had “undermined the fight” to get support for Ukraine as it battles an ongoing Russian offensive.
“No. You have to receive express permission to bring munitions through any airport in Ireland, and they have to be signed off on by the Department of Transport and the Minister for Transport, and that’s not happening,” the Taoiseach told RTÉ.
Mr Varadkar said he believed the government was “matching our words” on its position on Israel and Palestine and that other countries had adopted a “double standard” approach, but Ireland had not.
“I don’t think that’s true in relation to Ireland. If they’re saying that in relation to the European Union and some Western powers, I think they’re correct, and I made that point at the peace conference in Paris, that there can’t be double standards when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine,” he told The Week in Politics, reports Breaking News.
“That when it comes to international humanitarian law, it has to apply across the board. One of the concerns I have is that the double standards that are being applied by some countries in the West are actually undermining the fight in Ukraine,” reports Breaking News.
“Because one of the things that I’ve been working very hard on, and European leaders have been working very hard on, is to gain support for Ukraine across the global south – from Africa, from Latin America, from Asia – saying to them that what’s happening in Ukraine is a war of aggression, it’s an imperialist war. Unfortunately, some of the double standards that we’ve seen from a lot of Western powers have undermined that fight,” reports Breaking News.
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