15:32 Sep. 6, 2016
Pedro Agramunt, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), is visiting Moscow on 6-7 September accompanied by the leaders of the Assembly's five political groups.
The delegation is due to meet the Speaker of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin, as well as other leading members of the Russian parliament.
Russia was ruled out of PACE last year because of Crimea annexation and armed conflict in Donbas. The Russian delegation was prohibited from participating in PACE's key bodies - bureau, presidential committee, and standing committee. Now Moscow hopes to restore its relations with Parliamentary Assembly.
Before the visit, PACE President Pedro Agramunt said that it has not changed its position with regards to supporting Ukrainian sovereignty and its territorial integrity. Nevertheless, he looks forward restoring a dialogue with Russia.
"I can not say that the relations between the Russian Parliament and the Assembly are at a satisfactory level. In my opinion, the current state of affairs benefits neither the Assembly nor Russia. As President of the Assembly I can not remain indifferent with regard to this situation , " Agramunt Told of RIA Novosti . (Russian language)