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    The Israeli parliament adopted a statement in relation to Poland’s decision on demolition of Soviet monuments.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Knesset, the Israeli parliament, adopted a statement in relation to Poland’s decision on demolition of Soviet monuments, Russia's State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said Wendesday.

    "Our colleagues from Israel’s Knesset considered a decree which we agreed to consider simultaneously with them within the framework of our session," Volodin said during a parliamentary session, adding that he had agreed with his Israeli counterpart Yuli-Yoel Edelstein to adopt statements condemning the law.

    The Knesset approved the urgent proposal regarding the task to defend historical memory about World War II, with just one voice abstained and none against, Volodin explained.

    The lawmaker added that this opened "a very important practice" of making synchronized decisions on the pressing matters of the international agenda.

    "In the area of parliamentary diplomacy we have an excellent opportunity to unite our efforts and draw the attention of the world community to the outrageous situations that unfortunately happen in Europe," Volodin explained.

    Volodin stressed that the people of Russia and Israel suffered the most from the fascism during World War II, and "the cases of desecrating memorials to the soldiers that gave their lives in the fight against fascism are completely inadmissible, to say nothing about legal justification of these criminal actions."

    On Monday, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law a bill on the prohibition of communist propaganda that regulates the demolition of Soviet-era monuments. The law enters into force three months after being signed.

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