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EU, US politicians fail to tell freedom of speech from deliberate provocations — official

January 13, 2015, 18:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“Many current European and US politicians are unable to tell real threats of the modern world from false and fictitious," Russia’s State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said
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Russia’s State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin

Russia’s State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin

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MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Politicians in Europe and the United States cannot tell the difference between the freedom of speech, professionalism and premeditated provocative acts, Russia’s State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said on Tuesday.

Speaking to parliament’s media pool on the occasion of Day of Press, the parliament speaker noted that “today we cannot but remember victims of a barbaric terrorist attack staged in the city of Paris several days ago.” “We, with you, realize that terrorists are targeting not only the freedom of speech and other democratic values, but also customs of the civilized society in general,” the lower house speaker noted.

“Many current European and US politicians are unable to tell real threats of the modern world from false and fictitious, and fail to tell the difference between the freedom of speech, professionalism, from deliberate provocations,” Naryshkin said, noting that “they are unfortunately typical of using double standards, both in deeds and words.”

Naryshkin gave as an example southern Ukraine’s Odessa tragedy, in which more than 50 died. “This tragedy did not stir up any emotional response by political elites in Western Europe,” he noted.

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