12:52 Jun. 3, 2016
European Parliament decided to cut ties with Russian lawmakers after Russia illegally annexed Ukraine's Crimea in March 2014
The European Parliament has decided to reestablish contacts with Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma.
The decision was taken on June 2 during a meeting of the European Parliament's Conference of Presidents, which includes European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the chairmen of the eight political party groups.
A parliamentary source told RFE/RL that the lawmakers made the move because the European Parliament has been "excluded from relations with Russia while the governments of several EU member states and the European Commission have had several meetings with members of the Russian government."