ST PETERSBURG, October 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin branded as threats the erosion of international legislation and of the culture of interstate dialogue, he said on Saturday opening the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in St. Petersburg.
"Around the world, parliaments as mouthpieces of the people’s will, play a milestone, major and sometimes leading role in working out the union’s national models and certainly, in seeking proper solutions to current threats and challenges which are common for all of us," Putin said.
"Among them are erosion of the international legislation and also of the very culture of interstate dialogue," he added.
Putin voiced his regret over these facts. In his address to the IPU Assembly, the Russian head of state noted that they like nobody else were aware of the value of law and free discussions. Calling them "foundations of parliamentary work," he pointed out that in current conditions, parliamentary diplomacy was much in demand, since it was capable of cementing trust among nations and of helping find compromises when solving pressing international and regional crises.