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25/01/2024 | 11:10:47 Thank you very much, Mr Chair, Thank you to the rapporteur for their great work. And, you know, I want to speak about culture. I think you will be surprised – we are speaking about children now – but I want to speak about culture because sometimes from you and in Europe, I hear, "Oh, we know great Russian culture, and unfortunately, we do not know much about Ukrainian culture". I just want to explain some things. I respect the cultures of all nations. I want to explain something. Do you know... 24/01/2024 | 18:00:37 Thank you very much, Mister President. It is really a very sad moment for me and I think for many of my colleagues. Nothing good is happening right now. We just need to acknowledge this and to understand this. I have a question for all of us. Where will somebody be happy with what is going on now right here? In Moscow, definitely. In Baku? I don't think so. In Strasbourg? No. In Kyiv? No. So, the only player will be happy to see the divisions in the free world is the country which was... 24/01/2024 | 16:55:16 Thank you very much Mr President [spoken in French], My dear colleagues, I think it's a very important report, but we need to speak not just about the details of this report, but the idea. Globalisation in times of crisis and war, and we want to discuss it. But let us be frank: globalisation failed. It failed, and this is the reality, because we started globalisation from the wrong end. We started the globalisation from economic globalisation. The idea was let us be economically globalised... 23/01/2024 | 19:59:14 Thank you very much. Dear colleagues. I think that this is an extremely timely report, an extremely timely report. The topic of migration, today, at the moment when the whole world is entering the most democratic year in the history of humankind, more than two billion people in the world will vote this year, and will vote for their democratically elected governments. That is unbelievable. There will be elections throughout the whole European Union and many Council of Europe member states. I... 22/01/2024 | 16:21:24 Thank you very much. First of all, I would like to start with something I would never believe in, two years ago, that I would say: thank you, President Tiny KOX for an excellent job done. Thank you very much as well, as probably you would never have believed that you would be the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe who finally kicked Russia out from this organisation. I would also like to congratulate president Mr Theodoros ROUSOPOULOS. I had the honour of working... 13/10/2023 | 10:20:00 Thank you. First of all I would like to thank Mr Pieter OMTZIGT for his great job and for this Report. I think maybe we even now underestimate the value of this Report. It's not just about Putin, it's not just about the fact that he is a dictator, it's about a much wider picture, why democracy matters. And on the example of Russia and Putin we see why democracy matters. When you have a dictator and dictatorship, and it's clearly said here in this Report that Putin is a dictator, no questions... 12/10/2023 | 16:05:45 Thank you very much. What is the topic of our debate? Let me quote, "The role of the Council of Europe in preventing conflicts, restoring credibility of international institutions, and promoting global peace and ensuring a just peace in Ukraine and lasting security in Europe." Do we really believe that we can achieve it just by talking and adopting resolutions? We have tried to do this for decades here. For decades we were just speaking with Russia, thinking that this was a dialogue which... 11/10/2023 | 17:23:57 Thank you very much. First of all, I'd like to thank the Rapporteur for an excellent job and not only for this report, but for years in this Assembly. But I need to start with something else, because in the previous topic, unfortunately, no single Ukrainian MP received the possibility to speak, accidentally, since so many people wanted to speak but for us it's very important because we Ukrainians are living through this terror every day. When we saw these horrors from Israel, it was so... 23/06/2023 | 11:25:27 Thank you very much, Madam Chair. I am so happy to speak now about such an important topic: the digital divide. Special thanks to the rapporteur, because that is about the future, because the digital divide creates huge problems for the future of our children, of our teenagers. We need to deal with it now in order to prevent awful consequences for our society. Usually, I am speaking here about what should be done, by us, by somebody else in the future, but now I want to share with you a... 23/06/2023 | 10:53:35 Thank you. Thank you very much, dear Chairman. First of all, I would like to thank the rapporteur for the great job done, especially the part about transnational repressions and killings organised by the Russian Federation, which is so striking. Starting from Novichok in Salisbury, coming to the killings organised by Mr Ramzan Kadyrov and other Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) people, that is really striking. What is really transnational and what is the next phase of Russian...