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"Madam President, 87 years ago Lenin, the then leader of world Communism and of the Soviet Union, took the decision to separate three regions from Georgia. South Ossetia and Abkhazia were two of those regions. Almost 90 years later, Georgia and Europe are paying a high price for this decision. It so happens that today’s sitting of the European Parliament coincides with a meeting of the European Council. We therefore have the opportunity to say loud and clear to the Union’s leaders that, in the name of the freedom of nations and of human rights, we cannot condone Russian aggression against Georgia. Like the Soviet attack on Hungary in 1956 and its later attack on Czechoslovakia in 1968, this is a notable case of a large state invading a small one during the period following the Second World War. It is, however, the first case in the last 60 years in which a large country has appropriated part of a small one through military action. After all, the declaration of the so-called independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is merely an act of political theatre, choreographed by Mr Putin. The European Parliament should today declare its solidarity with Georgia and, more generally, with all the nations of the Caucasus."@en1

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