MOSCOW, July 3. /TASS/. Russia’s State Duma is to pass a statement on Friday to condemn Finland for its refusal of entry to Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin and five other Russian nationals who were supposed to take part in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (PA OSCE) between July 5 and 9. The parliamentarians will point to security threats in Europe in case of undermining the political dialogue with Russia.
"The sanctions against Russian lawmakers and delegations are fraught with undermining such dialogue with all the negative consequences for security and the political environment on the European continent," says a draft statement placed on the State Duma’s electronic database. According to it, "the openly discriminatory actions against the Russian delegation may only cause regret and perplexity."
Lawmakers believe that the current situation is the result of unfriendly policy with regard to Russia pursued by the European Union member-countries "on instructions" from Washington, which adversely affects security and stability in Europe.
"The actions of the authorities of Finland against the high-level parliamentary delegation representing Russia, the successor of the country that one was one of the originators of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1975, cannot be justified by reference to the opinion of some EU member-countries, since they are the bureaucratic interference in the work of the international organization’s parliamentary body," the draft document says.