RIPE NCC to remain neutral

On 28 February, the RIPE NCC Executive Board approved a resolution on the provision of critical services, noting that ‘means to communicate should not be affected by domestic political disputes, international conflicts or war.’ The Board also committed to ‘taking all lawful steps available to ensure that the RIPE NCC can provide undisrupted services to all members across [its] service region and the global Internet community’. It further noted the importance of the RIPE NCC remaining neutral and guaranteeing equal treatment for all those responsible for providing internet services. The resolution came a day after Ukraine requested that RIPE NCC withdraw the right to use any IPv4 and IPv6 addresses by any Russian members of RIPE.