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Mr Leonid YEMETS

Speeches since 2019

26/06/2019 | 16:09:43 Dear colleagues, Use your headphones please, because I would now like to change languages. I am going to speak in Russian. The Russian language from this moment in time will always be a reminder of that moment when the Parliamentary Assembly turned its back on its principles and values and took a decision not dignified of an organisation created to protect democracy and human rights. Each one of you who yesterday voted to lift the sanctions against Russia has hammered a nail into the coffin... 24/06/2019 | 18:48:51 Thank you. Dear colleagues. Today we can witness a historical moment. The day when the Council of Europe died. Because if you vote for this resolution, that means that there is nothing left from our Parliamentary Assembly. Nothing except the label, this building, money for some events, but not the principles and values that created our organisation. They will disappear. Because of your will, your votes, your decisions. I have heard the argument that the return of the Russian delegation will... 10/04/2019 | 18:31:26 Dear colleagues, let us talk frankly. The issue we are discussing today is not about improving the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s work and the effectiveness of the Council of Europe. It is all about the return of the Russian Federation’s delegation. That is not a spoiler or a secret; everybody in this hall understands and knows this. Let me remind you that it was their own decision to refuse to work in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The Russian... 24/01/2019 | 10:41:39 I thank the rapporteur for his work. Since the beginning of the open military aggression against Ukraine with the occupation of Crimean Peninsula in 2014, the Russian Federation has closed the Sea of Azov to Ukraine, blocking Ukraine’s major port city of Mariupol. Two months ago, the Russian Federation committed another act of aggression against Ukraine. Again in violation of international law, it openly attacked and captured three Ukrainian military ships and their crew when they were trying...