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Monday, 25 November 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Recent actions by the Russian Federation against Lithuanian judges, prosecutors and investigators involved in investigating the tragic events on 13 January 1991 in Vilnius (debate)
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  Andrius Kubilius (PPE). – Madam President, being also Lithuanian, I would like to stress that this is not a purely Lithuanian issue. It is an EU-wide issue because all of us are facing the same new challenge. Our rule of law systems can be attacked openly by the Russian Federation and this is an attack against basic EU values.

The Kremlin wants to test the capability of the EU to defend its rule of law system against an open attack. It’s not a secret interference like they do in our elections. It’s an open attack, which demands an open and direct response from this Parliament. If we fail to give such a response we shall, of course, be inviting the Kremlin to use the same attack against other EU Member States.

So I’m grateful to the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council that all of them are standing strong in the defence of the European value of the rule of law, even if only one, Lithuania, is being attacked for the time being. It reminds me of 1989 when we were repeating to our neighbours, ‘for your freedom and our freedom’.

 
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