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MOSCOW, September 28 (Itar-Tass) - Speaker of the State Duma, lower house of parliament, Sergei Naryshkin will make a visit to Strasbourg from September 30 to October 1 to meet the Council of Europe leaders, the State Duma Committee for Relations with the Public and Interaction with Mass Media told Itar-Tass.
Naryshkin is expected to meet PACE Chairman Jean-Claude Mignon, CE Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland and CE Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks.
The State Duma speaker is expected to give a speech at a PACE plenary session and answer questions by European parliamentarians.
Earlier, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Aleksei Pushkov said Naryshkin had given over 40 questions, including from five key political groups of the Assembly. “I expect the parties to focus on the Russia-EU agenda, including such disputable issues as Abkhazia and Ossetia, the political process in Syria and legislation,” the lawmaker said.
During the visit, Naryshkin will visit a memorial to Russian soldiers who were killed during World War I and to Soviet soldiers who died during World War II. The speaker will present Strasbourg University the State Duma’s publications about the history of the development of Russian parliamentarianism.