Sometimes there are near misses, and one happens to be sitting before you, Mr. Chairman. Twice in the past two years, in May of 2015 and just last month, both times in Moscow, I experienced a sudden onset of symptoms consistent with poisoning that led to multiple organ failure and left me in a coma and on life support.
Doctors estimated the chance to survive at about 5%. And both times the reason for this poison was named as undefined toxin. So I'm very fortunate and certainly very grateful to be sitting here today. Now, of course, to work toward that post-Putin Russia is our task. All we ask is that you're honest about what is happening in Russia.
And we've been saying for years that it's only a question of time before this domestic repression will turn into external aggression and external interference. Because why should a government that disrespects and violates the rights of its own people and its own laws then suddenly start respecting international norms or the interests of other countries?
There is no reason. Mr. Putin, you know his background. He's from the KGB. And for those people, accommodation and compromise is not an invitation to reciprocate. But it's a sign of weakness.