Russia's EU permanent envoy sees European Parliament resolutions on Russia's judicial system as biased and regrettable

The European Parliament's resolution titled On Use of Justice for Political Purposes in Russia did not surprise those who know the tendencies in the European Parliament, Russia's permanent envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told reporters on Thursday.

"It is banal, like an orange, as is orange too," the diplomat said, jokingly.

"I understand that this debate [held in the European Parliament on September 11] was dominated by the speech given by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherina Ashton, which was obviously based on information received from various sources, but not from us. If Mrs. Ashton wanted to get Russia's viewpoint, she could have done so," Chizhov said.

"The wording of this resolution is regrettable and gives a biased picture of the events. Some of them raise questions even from a factual point of view," he said.

Specifically, Chizhov mentioned the part of the resolution stating that there is no progress in the investigation into the killing of lawyer Stanislav Margelov and journalist Anastasiya Baburova. "Significant progress has been made there," he said.

"As to the complaints about the laws, every country has its own laws, and they even differ in the European Union sometimes," Chizhov said.

Speaking about the situation with the punk group Pussy Riot, Chizhov said the name of the group is "indecent not only in Russian, but also in English," adding that the European Parliament preferred not to emphasize the Pussy Riot issue.

Chizhov also said the resolution "has a reference to bilateral Russia-EU consultations on human rights, which are very productive, like other events taking place in the process of political dialogue."

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