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Wednesday, 9 June 2021 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Preparation of the G7 summit of 11-13 June and the EU-US Summit (debate)

  Radosław Sikorski, on behalf of the PPE Group. – Madam President, let us give a warm welcome to President Joe Biden, who is an honourable gentleman and a reliable ally.

It doesn’t mean that we have to agree on everything. I personally believe that decisions on Nord Stream and on Afghanistan are mistakes, but it means that we can do things together. What I’d like us to do is to strengthen our democracies, including through sensible regulation of social media, and to complete the deal on taxes and tax havens as we need the money to revive our economies. And, as the Commissioner has just mentioned, to develop common positions on China, on security standards, investments and regulation.

President Biden, you’ll be seeing Vladimir Putin. Please tell him from us that if he blackmails countries with gas, Nord Stream sanctions will return. If he attacks a neighbour again, we will respond with deeds, not just words. Lastly, that every time he or Mr Lukashenko murders or kidnaps an opponent in the West, we will double our assistance to Russian and Belarusian democrats. Amen.

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