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Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

State of EU-Russia relations (debate)

  Tunne Kelam (PPE). Mr President, I appreciate that the Landsbergis report is based on the quality of truth and realism – based upon, I would say, positive conditionality. The message to the European Council is very clear. Sanctions have to be continued – and even strengthened without any hesitation – because they have made a significant difference already. If not, Mr Putin would have already attacked the next targets, possibly the Baltic States. There is no dilemma about whether to have dialogue or not; it is about the substance of dialogue.

In 1938 Hitler dismembered Czechoslovakia as a result of dialogue with some democratic states, and a big war followed. So, in the same fashion, Mr Lavrov called in Munich this year for dialogue. The Ukranian crisis, he said, is an instrument to force the West to negotiate a new security system. So our message is: it is not about dialogue, it is that Mr Putin has to change or be changed.

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