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Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

State of EU-Russia relations (debate)

  Gunnar Hökmark (PPE). Mr President, first of all, congratulations to Mr Landsbergis on his report. I think it is important to state that we want open relations, dialogue and cooperation with Russia based on respect for international law. But this is the problem. The regime of Putin is breaking international law and undermining the European peace order, and he is waging war in the free nation of Ukraine in Europe. This is the fact and reality. No one is threatening Russia. But the Putin regime fears democracy, the rule of law and freedom of expression. They fear the open dialogue that we want. That is why some of us are blacklisted, because they want to blacklist freedom of expression and democracy and the open society. So let us turn this into an increased dialogue underlining sanctions for breaking international law, but an open cooperation with respect for international law.

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