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3-5 Μαρτίου 2022

Θέμα: Συζήτηση για το Ουκρανικό


Παρέμβαση βουλεύτριας κας Χριστιάνας Ερωτοκρίτου


Dear Colleagues,


Ten days ago the world woke up to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Bombs, tanks, machine guns. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people because, us, Cypriots, have lived exactly that in 1974, due to the Turkish invasion. We know what it feels like to run with a child in your arms and the clothes on your back to escape bombs and bullets. We know what the Ukrainians are going through when they abandon their homes trying to escape a vicious aggressor. The EU’s values are being invaded. Russia invaded our values ten days ago. Turkey has been invading them for 17520 days since 20/07/1974 in Cyprus. Any aggressor, Turkey yesterday, Russia today, if not faced decisively will only encourage another aggressor tomorrow. We cannot pick and choose between aggressors. If we do not defend democracy, human rights and the rule of law, Europe will have failed. And we are not allowed to fail. We must stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Europe and European values will prevail. But we must not waver in our determination. We must not get tired along the way. Russian’s Ukraine invasion should not fade in our conscience on the days go by. We have to send the message that we move steadfast than any aggressor to defend Europe, its people and European values.