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23/06/2021 | 19:30:19 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Dear colleagues! There are three "official" languages ​​in the Republic of Crimea: Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar and Russian. It means that schools and other "public institutions" must provide services in any of these languages. In practice, the situation is critical. It is forbidden for Crimean Tatars to speak their native language in court. And there are no textbooks in schools and there is a lack of teachers. It is offered to study Ukrainian... 26/06/2019 | 16:18:22 Madam Chair. Dear colleagues. Once again I urge you to remain committed to the principles of democracy, respect for Human rights and the Rule of law on which PACE is based. Today, the Ukrainian delegation together with colleagues from other countries continues to fight for common European values. We must clearly understand that the Russian Federation wishes to return its delegation to PACE only for revenge and to legitimise its illegal activities. Again, I recall that no similar resolutions... 24/06/2019 | 19:14:55 Dear Madam President. Dear Ms Petra De SUTTER. Dear colleagues. Today we are considering an extremely potent issue that may jeopardise the existence of democracy and Rule of law in Europe. If a positive vote is taken, the aggressing country will be able to participate in decision making processes that will have an impact on the entire region. In this context, I ask all colleagues for whom European values are not empty words, not to allow revenge. Here are just a few facts that there is no... 24/01/2019 | 10:38:14 According to international legal experts, the Russian Federation’s seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels is illegal. In the past, the Russian Federation attempted to create pretexts for its illegal actions, by which I mean the referendum in Ukraine at the time of the annexation of Crimea or its support of separatists in Eastern Ukraine, aimed at the creation of a destabilising frozen conflict. In this case, the Russian Federation is openly acknowledging its actions. This might mean that the...