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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Situation in Belarus - Situation in Lebanon - Situation in Russia, the poisoning of Alexei Navalny (debate)

  Márton Gyöngyösi (NI). – Mr President, I would say to Mr Borrell that I tend to agree with those colleagues who suggest the best the EU can offer to Belarus is the prospect of European values. While Putin offers military support to shore up Lukashenko’s regime, Europe must offer an alternative prospect of a free society, rule of law, democracy and freedom. But how credible is the European Union in doing so if it cannot speak with a single voice on this subject, and if it tolerates Lukashenko—style authoritarianism amongst its ranks, like the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, who was the last official visitor to Belarus as a symbolic move, and who used this occasion to praise Lukashenko’s regime and to bash the European Union? Ever since, he has been busy constructing a regime which looks very much like that of Lukashenko’s: suppressing press freedom, rigging elections, stifling the opposition and building a corrupt system. All these are attributes of Viktor Orbán’s Hungary today.

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