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Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

State of EU-Russia relations (debate)

  James Carver (EFDD). Mr President, the tragedy of this foolhardy quest, in the guise of increasingly overt expansion of EU neo-imperialism whilst calling for a greater of role for the European Union on the international stage, underlines exactly how you misjudge the shift in global power. Your evangelical desire to become a so-called ‘strategic player’ in world affairs leads you to seem oblivious to the need to engage in a real diplomatic approach to secure better lasting EU-Russia relations. This extension of the EU’s tentacles eastwards underlines how your most significant foreign policy of recent times has turned out to be an utter failure. You completely underestimated Russia’s resolve in Eastern Europe and now the citizens of eastern Ukraine are paying the price for your folly.

I agree with you that Russia is far from innocent in this crisis, but there is blame on both sides and the EU’s actions have done nothing to promote peace and reconciliation. Where are we now after all of this from the self-declared preserver of European peace? In the most dangerous world since the collapse of the Iron Curtain, NATO – which of course has many EU members who are minded and muddled by the EU common foreign, security and defence policies – has for the first time been singled out as a threat in Russian defence thinking, leading to increasing penetration into Member States’ territories and, alarmingly, a more aggressive nuclear doctrine than ever before.

For the first time since 1975, the UK is entering into a debate about our EU membership, at the very time that EU—Russia relations are at their lowest ebb and on the back of the British Prime Minister David Cameron’s open call for the European Union to stretch, in his own words, from the Atlantic to the Urals. I wait with bated breath to see whether, unlike in 1975, our politicians will be far more honest about the real intentions of how the EU intends to morph into a federal superpower. One thing is for certain though: history will be your judge.

(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 162(8))

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