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Volodin urged the West to condemn Ukraine’s sanctions against Medvedchuk

The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine has imposed sanctions against the head of the Opposition Platform – For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife. This step should be condemned by all countries that believe that it is necessary to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens, says State Duma Speaker Viacheslav Volodin.

“Having started with the closure of opposition TV channels, the Kiev authorities have reached the point of imposing sanctions on the leader of the opposition parliamentary party. It is impossible to imagine that this would happen in a country that claims to be democratic and declares a desire to join the European Union,” Volodin said.

But the modern world lives in an era of double standards, so the European Parliament, foreign ministers, the US State Department are silent, the Chairman of the State Duma complained. “Although they usually speak on much less significant topics,” Volodin recalled.

The events in Ukraine are a serious challenge for democracy, the speaker said. In his opinion, countries that care about the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens should immediately condemn Kiev’s behavior. Otherwise, it undermines the credibility of European institutions and Western politicians, who see themselves as defenders of democratic values, Volodin said.

“If we follow the rhetoric of the United States and European countries, it would be right for them to end trade and economic relations with a country that tramples on the rights and freedoms of citizens. This will be perceived by everyone as a measure designed to stop the lawlessness,” the speaker concluded.

On Friday, February 19, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) imposed sanctions against the head of the Opposition Platform – For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko. Secretary of the department Alexei Danilov said that the sanctions against the politician were introduced due to the investigation into the financing of terrorism.

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