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STRASBOURG, January 31. /ITAR-TASS/. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has ended the winter session in Strasbourg.
The elections of a new PACE chairman, resolutions on the investigation of Sergei Magnitsky’s death and on the situation in Ukraine have become the major topics of the PACE winter session, head of the Russian delegation, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Alexei Pushkov said on Friday.
Anne Brasseur has been elected new chairperson of the PACE. Brasseur and Pushkov met earlier to discuss common principles of cooperation. “I talked about the conditions in which we’d be able to cooperate: no double standards in the PACE and no discrimination of states, which are not members of the European Union because many EU representative believe that they have a special status to teach anyone,” Pushkov said.
In his words, Brasseur said she shared these principles and Russia was an important partner for the Council of Europe. “The new PACE chairperson seeks to balance the work of the organization: it can’t be turned into a structure where rogue states prevail. I think that Anne Brasseur realizes this,” he said, adding “We hope on rather fruitful cooperation.”
Commenting on two resolutions, which are groundlessly criticized, Pushkov said their adoption was aimed at reducing Russia’s influence in the PACE.
“Over the last 1.5-2 years the climate has improved: we’ve succeeded in wrecking the adoption of anti-Russian resolution. The visit to Strasbourg by State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin was very successful. The visit represented a new stage in the relations between Russia and the Council of Europe. That’s why parliamentarians with aggressive anti-Russian motions would like to compensate for their setback,” Pushkov said.