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"Mr President, I come from a country whose history is marked by war and suffering. Poland supports endeavours for peace everywhere. It is imperative that this goal be achieved. The East European countries, the so-called ‘Baltic States’, inspired by their leaders, want the European Union to show that Russia will pay some unspecified price for its military action in Georgia. This can be depicted as a classic example of political orthodoxy which assumes that Russia pursues nothing but imperial goals. This traditional mindless attitude to Russia, full of empty platitudes, seems to be humiliating because it can be perceived, for example by Russia, as a clinical example of a response by a few hot-headed politicians. The European Union needs Russia as much as it needs Georgia, if not more. Therefore, it is imperative that the European Union should not be a party to this conflict or take sides with either Russia or Georgia. The European Union must show the world that its policy is independent of the United States and, at the same time, is a friendly policy based upon a full partnership. Russia is the EU’s third-biggest trading partner, accounting for half a trillion dollars in European goods. Can we afford to risk that kind of relationship? There is no doubt that the European Parliament is a genuine co-legislator with the Council under the codecision procedure. However, is it really an equal partner in the matter of the EU’s foreign affairs? Minister, you spoke to us after everything seems to have been decided on Georgia. Let me ask then: is the voice of the European Parliament supposed to mean nothing? What is this debate for when everything has been arranged and done?"@en1

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