MOSCOW, November 5. Western sanctions have pushed the Federation Council to develop relations with parliamentarians of other countries. This opinion was expressed by the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko.
“If you think about it, for our American sanctions as we speak, and partners to thank. They forced us to significantly activate parliamentary diplomacy,” she said in an interview with the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets”.
She explained that the sanctions have limited the interaction on the official level, but the senators will make up for that “growth of contacts with foreign parliamentarians”.
“Our colleagues from parliaments of other States seek to come to Moscow to listen to us, as they say, first hand knowledge. Instead of isolating, which we wanted to expose, the West has experienced an increase of interest in our country, to our politics,” said the Federation Council speaker.
PACE does Russia
She added that the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) “already I feel that I have made a gross mistake”, putting Russia in conditions when it was forced to withdraw from this site. “Indeed, to our departure the atmosphere in PACE, work PACE, I’d say faded. Full participation of Russia in this organization did its work much more meaningful, focused on specific and urgent issues,” – said Matvienko.
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According to Matvienko, the full participation of Russia in PACE did the work of the organization “much more substantive, focused on specific and critical issues”, such as countering the terrorist threat, solving social problems, strengthening of security in Europe and in the world as a whole. At the same time Russia, according to the speaker of the Federation Council, proposed to colleagues from other countries ways of solving all these problems.
“Now, when Russia is not in PACE, the discussion of these and other relevant topics largely devalued and politically and in practical terms,” – said Matvienko.
She recalled that PACE offers Russia to return. “We don’t mind not closing the door. But claimed that back then, when the PACE will completely abolish the discrimination of the Russian delegation, will restore our rights in full. Any half-measures we do not agree,” – said the politician.
Matvienko added that “the PACE has driven itself into a dead end and must find a way out of it”.