MOSCOW, August 28. /TASS/. Russia’s upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko has had a phone conversation with the president of France’s Senate, Gerard Larcher, to discuss the prospects of expanding bilateral parliamentarian cooperation.
"Matviyenko and Larcher agreed to continue contacts with the goal of deepening interparliamentary cooperation," the press service of Russia’s Federation Council said on Friday.
During the conversation, both sides confirmed readiness to "step up joint efforts with the goal of developing further traditionally friendly Russian-French relations," the press service said.
The parties called for restoring trade and economic ties between Russia and France and discussed the prospects of expanding cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries," the statement says.
The politicians considered the issues of parliaments’ role in settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine noting that the Minsk agreements are the only basis for resolving the crisis in the region.