Ukraine: Depleted Uranium Debate

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Lord Bishop of Derby

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Thursday 30th March 2023

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Harlech Portrait Lord Harlech (Con)
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My Lords, I can say, hand on heart, that I am morally very comfortable that we are providing these armour-piercing rounds to Ukrainian forces so that they can push back Putin’s illegal invasion.

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Does the Minister agree that, whatever legitimate concerns people may have about the health and environmental impact of uranium-depleted shells, which I personally share, President Putin’s claim that he is looking to store tactical nuclear missiles in Belarus because the West is collectively beginning to use weapons with a nuclear component is utterly bogus, given that British forces have been using these armour-piercing shells legally for several decades, in accordance with Article 36 of the 1977 protocol additional to the Geneva conventions?

Lord Harlech Portrait Lord Harlech (Con)
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I completely agree with the right reverend Prelate.