Naryshkin: the regions of Europe continue to cooperate with the regions of the Russian Federation

Naryshkin: the regions of Europe continue to cooperate with the regions of the Russian Federation


European regional authorities feel more independent from overseas partners, in particular governments and parliaments of the EU countries, also said the speaker of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin.

MOSCOW, 12 Nov. The regions of the European countries continue to actively cooperate with Russian regions, despite the deterioration in relations between the EU and Russia, said Thursday the speaker of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin.

“At the level of bilateral cooperation between Russian regions and regions of the European Union, governors and our colleagues, the regional parliamentarians, the same thing happens. They feel that these 1,5-2 last year, when the situation became more acute, and Vice versa (appeared) great traction and increased interaction with partners,” said Naryshkin, speaking at an open tribune in the Duma on the theme “20 years in the Council of Europe: lessons and prospects”.

“This, I think, is clear. Because damage to the regional parliaments in Europe and government there is no such hard dependency, such a severe pressure from overseas the so-called partners, because the European regions feel more independent, more self-reliant, which cannot be said about the governments and parliaments of the countries of the European Union in particular”, he concluded.

At the end of July 2014, the EU and the U.S. announced sanctions against entire sectors of the Russian economy due to the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West on the background of the conflict in Ukraine. In response, Russia in August 2014 restricted imports of food products from countries that have imposed sanctions against it, and declared the policy of import substitution. In the summer of 2015, the sanctions and retaliatory measures of the Russian Federation were extended for another year.

Sanctions against the Russian delegation to PACE have been implemented in 2014 for Moscow’s position on Ukraine and Crimea. Russian parliamentarians have been denied the right to vote, the right to participate in meetings of statutory bodies and monitoring activities. The head of the PACE Anne Brasseur said that the issues about the restoration of the credentials of the Russian delegation could be considered in January 2016.