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Lyudmila Putin and Walter Schwimmer come out for united Europe without demarcation lines
Russian first lady Lyudmila Putin and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Walter Schwimmer come out for united Europe without demarcation lines. Lyudmila Putin is participating in the Youth Crossroads international forum in Strasbourg. She met with Walter Schwimmer on Thursday. Mr. Schwimmer told her about the work of the Council of Europe and Mrs. Putin informed him about the youth forum. "Our organization want to build Europe without demarcation lines. So, all Europeans, first of all, young people should strive for mutual understanding," the Secretary General said. According to Mr. Schwimmer, he wrote a book about his great grandfather who lived in France, Russia and Austria an traveled without visas and passports. Today Europe should seek the same conditions, with people freely visiting different countries and talking their languages," Walter Schwimmer noted. "People in Russia think of the same," Lyudmila Putin replied. According to her, youth projects emerged for the same purpose. Speaking about the Youth Crossroads forum, the Russian first lady said, "Children will get acquainted with the activities of the Council of Europe and feel involved in it." In her words, schoolchildren also work out their projects in humanitarian, security and communication spheres. "I hope one day we and young people will be able to travel without passports, like your great grandfather did," Lyudmila Putin told Walter Schwimmer. The participants in the Youth Crossroads already visited the Moscow City Hall, the State Duma and presidential staff, Ms. Putin said. "At first they were shy but then they grew bolder and starting asking serious questions and expressed their own opinions," she noted. The participants wrote an address on vital problems to the Russian and French presidents. It was already handed to Vladimir Putin and will be soon given to Jacques Chirac. Lyudmila Putin thanked Walter Schwimmer for his meeting with the schoolchildren. "It is very important that such distinguished people talk to young people and let them feel involved in politics. It helps them make the right choice," she noted. In her words, it was a goal of the youth forum, to let schoolchildren make their choice. According to the Secretary General, he is aware of the attention the Russian first lady gives to education issues, especially, foreign language studies. In this connection he invited Lyudmila Putin to visit the modern languages center in Austria.
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