The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko noted that Russia considers such measures as political persecution for unpopular someone’s political views.
NAIROBI, 8 Oct. The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko said that Russian parliamentarians intend during the session of the inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva to urge the Union to take a position on the inadmissibility of any sanctions against parliamentarians of all countries, and expressed hope that colleagues from Kenya will support this appeal.
At the meeting with the President of the National Assembly of Kenya Justin Muturi, which took place in the framework of the official visit of the delegation of the Federation Council in Kenya, Matviyenko expressed regret that she was unable to meet with their counterparts at the session of the IPU in new York, adding that it was not her fault, but because of the sanctions imposed on it by the United States.
“October 16 I’ll go to the session of the inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva. “We want to encourage the inter-parliamentary Union to take a position on the inadmissibility of any sanctions against parliamentarians, in principle, no matter what country. We regard such actions as political persecution for unpopular someone’s political views. We hope that the delegation of Kenya would support such an approach at the session of IPU in Geneva,” — said Matvienko at the meeting with the head of the National Assembly.
In turn, Muturi stressed that Kenya was of the view that “the country that is home to the headquarters of any international organization, including UN, must behave so as not to discriminate against members of that organization.”
“I can assure you that at the session of the inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva will be sent to the delegation of parliamentarians from the Senate and National Assembly, it will be headed by the President of the Senate. And there you will have the full opportunity to exchange experiences, opinions and views,” said the President of the National Assembly.