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Ms Laima Liucija ANDRIKIENĖ

Speeches since 2019

27/04/2022 | 11:15:30 Thank you Ms President. Mr Frank SCHWABE, thank you for your excellent report on the consequences of the continued Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine, and the role and response of the Council of Europe. Colleagues, the Russian Federation is out of the Council of Europe. It is out of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. This house unanimously condemned Russia's war of aggression, breaches of international law and Russia's international commitments. But it is only... 15/03/2022 | 19:08:40 Dear President, Dear colleagues, dear Ukrainians, Russia must leave the Council of Europe immediately. A country which has, in the most brutal way, violated the United Nations Charter, and disregarded the very essence of the Council of Europe, as enshrined in its Statute must leave. There is no place for aggressive Russia in the Council of Europe which stands firmly for democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and for peace, and for our peaceful co-existence. We condemn the military... 30/09/2021 | 16:40:10 Thank you, Mister President. First of all, I would like to thank our rapporteur Ms Anne-Mari VIROLAINEN for the draft report. Our joint efforts to improve the wording of the draft were successful. Now our draft report looks much better balanced and I hope and I wish that, as a result, we will have objective and forward-looking documents. Those who are familiar with the situation at the eastern border of the EU, know that we deal with something new. Countries, members of the European Union... 27/09/2021 | 15:56:30 Thank you. Election observation is one of many tools we have at our disposal. So, today I would like to speak briefly on the elections in Russia and in Moldova. So-called Russian Duma elections were neither free nor fair. A further hardening of the law on extremist organisations, foreign agents and undesirable organisations reinforced a systematic crackdown on democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms and independent media as well. All this further limited political pluralism in Russia... 23/06/2021 | 18:38:56 First of all, I would like to thank our Rapporteur for her work. Secondly, I would like to express my strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within the borders recognised by the international community, Crimea being an integral part of Ukraine. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, as well as the illegal annexation of Crimea, the brutal violation of international treaties by the Russian Federation, and serious... 21/06/2021 | 12:37:25 Madam President, I was a member of the PACE's ad hoc committee to observe parliamentary elections in Albania. I fully support the report presented by the head of our delegation, Mr Aleksander POCIEJ, and, in addition to what has been said by him, very few remarks. Firstly, the decision to send an election observation delegation to Albania was really a right decision, even in the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was observing collections in Tirana and its surroundings, it was clear from... 22/04/2021 | 13:05:32 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Dear Rapporteur Mr Jacques Maire, Dear Colleagues, Yesterday nearly 1,500 peaceful demonstrators have been arrested throughout Russia. They were calling for freedom for imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whose health is deteriorating due to a serious illness and three weeks of hunger strike in prison. The last time such demonstrations took place in Russia in January and February, right after Navalny was arrested, and then more than... 21/04/2021 | 11:54:18 Thank you very much, Mister President. First of all I would like to thank both rapporteurs, Lord David BLENCATHRA and Ms Alexandra LOUIS, for their very comprehensive and well-balanced reports and recommendations as adopted by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy and the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of PACE respectively. Thank you very much, dear rapporteurs, for taking on board my amendments tabled individually, and also with a group of colleagues for today's... 27/01/2021 | 17:10:26 Thank you very much. Colleagues, I ask you to recall some well know Russian names. Andrei Sakharov, Sergei Magnitsky, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Alexei Navalny. What they span: A well-known academician, a lawyer, a businessman, a politician, a journalist, an activist. What do they have in common? What unites them is a dream, a desire in their fight for a democratic Russia where rule of law prevails and human dignity is respected. But they have in common... 25/01/2021 | 13:07:44 Thank you very much, Mr President. I will speak about the observation of the Parliamentary elections in Georgia. First of all, I would like to thank the rapporteur Mr Tiny KOX for the draft report. Allow me to point out that in 2018, I was leading the European Parliament election observation delegation to Georgia to observe presidential elections there. So, I have a good opportunity to compare these two elections in the country concerned in the context of the OSCE/ODIHR conclusions and...