"Russia prepared to open dialogue with Council of Europe: Speaker"
Moscow is all set to hold a legit and open dialogue with the Council of Europe (CoE). Regardless of endeavours to utilise the association as an instrument to increase a showdown, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said Monday.
According to the TASS news agency during the meeting between the speaker of the Upper House and the President of Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE Rik Daems in Moscow, The speaker said "Regrettably, we are still confronted with attempts to use the CoE as an instrument to counter Russia,"
"However, we will continue to defend our national interests and remain fully committed to a clear, open, mutually respectful dialogue to achieve the purposes for which the Council of Europe was once established," she added.
The CoE is the continent's leading human rights organisation with 47 member states, 27 of which are members of the European Union.
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