MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. Chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev told his Facebook page on Wednesday he was elected to the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Executive Committee.
"We will strengthen Russia’s positions in the organisation and strive for expanding its role on international arena," Kosachev said after being elected to the Executive Committee /the IPU highest ruling body/ at the organisation’s session in Geneva.
Founded in 1889, IPU is an international organisation that brings together 166 national parliaments and 10 regional interparliamentary bodies from all over the world. It fosters cooperation and exchange between parliaments, and promotes human rights, democracy, peace, and cooperation. The organisation has permanent observer status at the United Nations.
The 133rd session took place in Geneva on October 17-21. Russian delegation included Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko and State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin.