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Monday, 4 July 2022 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Negotiations for a cooperation agreement between the EU and Interpol (short presentation)

  Mick Wallace (The Left). – Madam President, people are saying that we shouldn’t allow Russia to use Interpol to fight political opponents. But I mean if you ban Russia from the Interpol system, what are you doing? Is it not the same thing?

Listen, I condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine as well. I think it’s terrible the things that are happening. Russia is behaving like an imperialist power, doing what it likes in Ukraine.

But come on, are these the only ones you are going to throw stones at? Why weren’t the Americans thrown out of Interpol when they killed a million citizens in Iraq? A million innocent civilians! Why weren’t they thrown out of Interpol? Why aren’t Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the Americans and the French and the UK, for supporting the genocide in Yemen today? Are you going to throw them out of Interpol?

You’re making a joke of Interpol if you’re going to use it as a political football yourselves. That doesn’t make any sense!

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