State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin has told the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA), Ilkka Kanerva, that a stain of disgrace will remain on the OSCA PA over its decision to prevent members of the Russian delegation from entering Helsinki to attend the Assembly's July session.
"For the OSCE PA, it is a stain of disgrace that will forever remain in the history of this organization that we have always treated with respect," Naryshkin told Kanerva in Moscow on July 17.
While opening the meeting, Naryshkin said that the phrase "I am glad to see you in Moscow, at the State Duma" sounds a little awkward in this situation.
"But I wanted to tell you this: as soon as I received, through several channels, your urgent request to meet, I did not doubt for a minute that we need to meet, and agreed, of course, to listen to your explanations of what I would call a rude act towards the Russian delegation; but most importantly, to discuss with you how to work further," Naryshkin said.
Such actions by Finland were met with indignation among Russians, he said.
"To be honest, we were very, very frustrated about what happened. Especially because it happened for the anniversary session timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Act. Unfortunately, the past session will go down in the history of the OSCE PA under this very unpleasant sign, it is that will it memorable, nothing else," Naryshkin said.
"Nevertheless, the disgrace should be washed away, and together we are prepared to do so," the speaker said.
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