MOSCOW, January 12 (Itar-Tass) — Chairman of the Russian State Duma’s international committee Alexei Pushkov hopes to lead the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
“The Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is traditionally led by the chair of the low parliament house’s international committee. If chosen I am ready for this work,” Pushkov, who won a Duma seat with the ruling United Russia party, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
Along with delegates from the State Duma, the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe includes members of the Federation Council, or upper parliament house. After a new lower parliament house was elected in December 2011, its delegation is to be renewed. According to Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the State Duma CIS committee and an acting deputy leader of the Russian delegation to PACE for several terms in a row, the State Duma Council has already agreed inter-faction quotas to be represented in the Russian delegation. “Now all parliamentary faction will propose their nominees who will be approved by a plenary session. The process is likely to be over in late January or in February,” he said. The first organizational session is planned for January 18.
In the meantime, the Russian delegation to the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that opens in Strasbourg on January 23 will include only those members of the both houses of the Russian parliament who were re-elected for a next term. That means that there will be no new members in the Russian delegation, which for two consecutive terms was led by the former chairman of the Duma international committee, Konstantin Kosachev, who is likely to be appointed first deputy chairman of the international committee. His aides, however, provide no comment whether Kosachev is going to take part in the upcoming PACE session that plans to discuss the December 4 parliamentary polls in Russia.