MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. Russian and French senators will hold a meeting in Moscow on February 27 to discuss the Russian version of a report on relations between the two countries, Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) International Affairs Committee, said at the committee's meeting on Monday.
He recalled that the Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee and the relevant committee of the French Senate (for Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces) have been developing cooperation quite intensively. The first joint meeting was held in Paris last year, and French senators drafted a report on relations between Moscow and Paris at that time. "I draw your attention to the fact that the second joint meeting of the Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee and the French Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense will be held on February 27, during which the Russian version of the report on our two countries bilateral relations will be considered," Kosachev said, adding that this time the meeting will be held in Moscow.
"During the meeting, it is planned to sign an agreement on cooperation in the framework of a permanent high-level strategic dialogue," Kosachev noted. According to the Russian parliamentarian, Russian and French senators are planning to begin work on a joint report on bilateral relations."
The agreement to hold the two committees’ joint meeting no later than in March was reached by Federation Council speaker, Valentina Matviyenko, and French Senate President, Gerard Larcher, at a bilateral meeting in Bern last October held on the sidelines of the session of the Association of European Senates.