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Mr. Chairman, Mr. Secretary General,

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to express my deep gratitude to the PACE Chairman Mr. CAVUSOGLU for his invitation to address the audience from the high rostrum of the Assembly.

It is very significant for us because the current PACE session is taking place on the eve of the anniversary of one of the greatest events in the history of the 21st century that defined the future and the face of modern Europe as well as the entire world - the 65th anniversary of the Victory over Nazism.

The Council of Europe became the material embodiment of the strongest protest of the peoples of Europe who had looked into the abyss prepared for the European civilization by the ideology and practice of Fascism. The disaster of World War II became a powerful catalyst for the Europeans who came to the realization of the need to build a common home that would ensure reliable protection of human rights, success of democracy, rule of law and resolution of social problems.

The implementation of the European project over the last 60 years, which includes the Council of Europe, would not be possible in principle if not for the huge human sacrifices made by all the peoples of Europe and North America, but first of all by the peoples of the Soviet Union.

Russia has never divided the victory into its own victory and that of others. The war was won by all allies of the anti-Hitler coalition, and on the 9th of May we will honour their veterans on the Red Square. However, we, the Russia, will never forget that the Soviet Union with its territory, cities and villages took the burnt of the Hitler invasion. Three-quarters of the German troops have been sent to the Eastern Front and were crushed there.

For the future of Europe it is important that in those years the victors of the "brown plague" rose above ideological differences. Communists, monarchists and anarchists, representatives of left and conservative forces sacrificed their lives selflessly in the fight against Fascism.

 

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  • Date: 29-04-2010, 14:00
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An interview of the current President of The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Mevlut Cavusoglu with reporter of "International Affairs" Elizabeth Isakova from Strasbourg. Listen here 

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  • Date: 28-04-2010, 14:00
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What the Caucasus crisis and the global financial and economic crisis have in common is that they draw a line under the 20 year period since the downfall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and determine the limits of the inertial policies pursued all these years, including in the vein of the old political and psychological thrust to "contain" Russia. Within this context, some of our partners in the West – but admittedly by far not all of them – acted in the spirit of the notorious triumphalism claiming the victory in the Cold War and anticipating a kind of Western-style "world revolution". It is precisely due to this inertia that the end of the Cold War was not perceived as complete: for many the Cold War continued at the level of ideology as a virtual project by some forces who proclaimed "the end of history" and "a one polar world" trying to translate all that into a concrete and practical policies.

As regards the new, democratic Russia, it just withdrew from the Cold War abandoning the ideology used by the Soviet Union to justify its involvement in that exercise. This was the choice made by the Russian people and the peoples of the other republics of the former USSR.

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  • Date: 9-06-2009, 17:57
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Russian Foreign Minister S. V. Lavrov, in an interview with A. G Oganesyan, edi tor-in- chief ofthe International Affairs journal, and V. V, Makarov, editor-in-chief of the Partner TPP RF magazine, spoke about diplomacy and economic diplomacy, politics and business, and globalization processes and world politics.

Q: Sergei Viktorovich, a specific feature of World War II and the Cold War was that, first, the struggle for survival, and then ideological confrontation pro vided motivation for the development of scientific and technological progress at the level of states and personalities. Essentially, antagonism in international relations was a source of technological breakthroughs. Today, we are seeing a new type of development on the global level. What could motivate the world com munity, which is so full of contradictions, to cooperate and advance economic development in the present conditions?

A: In the ongoing globalization processes, especially in the context of an emerging polycentric world order, it is not an easy task to make forecasts with regard to specific directions along which a new technological foundation of the global economy will evolve.

 

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  • Date: 6-04-2009, 17:57
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