GENEVA, October 17. /TASS/. The Russian delegation at the 133rd Inter-Parliamentary Union [IPU] Assembly underway in Geneva has suggested that the Russian language should be granted a higher status at the organisation, Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko told reporters on Saturday.
"We have suggested the Russian language should be granted an official or working status," Matviyenko said underlining that Russian is one of official languages at the United Nations.
Also, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament said that the Russian delegation had submitted other proposals to the IPU session. In particular, one of the proposals says that the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States [CIS] uniting former Soviet republics, which has an observer status, may be granted an associate member status at the Inter-Parliamentary Union, she said.