State Duma speaker will most likely attend PACE Presidential Council meeting in Paris

Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin will most likely accept the invitation from Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Chairperson Anne Brasseur to attend a meeting of the PACE Presidential Committee.

Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin will most likely accept the invitation from Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Chairperson Anne Brasseur to attend a meeting of the PACE Presidential Committee.

"My possible meeting with the PACE chairperson is now being discussed. Literally two days ago, I received an invitation from Ms. Brasseur, chairperson of PACE, to take part in a session of the PACE Presidential Committee, which will be held in Paris at the beginning of September. I will most likely accept this invitation," Naryshkin told reporters on Friday.

"Concrete proposals concerning both further cooperation with PACE and measures to allay tensions in Europe" will be prepared in time for the Paris trip, he said.

Regrettably, PACE will have to mark its 65th anniversary at a time "when it is squandering its image of a fundamental, solid and authoritative international parliamentary organization," Naryshkin said.

The State Duma speaker said that he stays in touch with the PACE administrations, the leaders of the assembly's political groups and its former chairpersons.

On April 10, PACE acknowledged the powers of the Russian delegation, but deprived it of voting rights until the end of 2014 over Moscow's stance on Crimea. Russian MPs will not be able to work in PACE's ruling bodies or take part in its election observation missions.

The Russian delegation left the PACE session in protest over these decisions and said that it retains the right to consider its further participation in the assembly's work. The Russian MPs subsequently decided not to attend PACE sessions until the Russian delegation's rights were restored in full.

The Russian delegation was absent from the assembly's June session, which addressed the crisis in Ukraine.

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