STRASBOURG, September 15./TASS/. The secretary general of the Council of Europe is expected to visit Russia at the end of the year, sources from the Secretariat of Thorbjorn Jagland told TASS on Thursday.
They said the visit was scheduled for December, thus taking place ahead of a January session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
"I will try to respond soon to the invitation to visit Russia that I have received," Jagland said earlier on Thursday in Strasbourg after talks with Russia’s Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko.
"Russia makes an important contribution to the work of the Council of Europe, without Russia Europe would have been different," the official added.
Valentina Matviyenko had said earlier that Russia may resume work in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2017.
"There is good reason for Russia to resume work in the PACE next year," Matviyenko said on Wednesday noting that she believed that the intentions by PACE’s leadership to bring Russian delegation back to Strasbourg is sincere.