17 Dec 2019 19:12

Russia's legal practice enriches ECHR experience - PACE head

MOSCOW. Dec 17 (Interfax) - Russia makes considerable contributions to the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and enriches the experience of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg with its legal practice, PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier said at a meeting with Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko in Moscow on Tuesday.

The ideas and participation of Russian lawmakers are invaluable contributions to the work of the PACE, just as those of the representatives of other member states are, Maury Pasquier said. The Russian delegation has assumed its place once more upon returning to the assembly, the crisis has been overcome, and Russia will now play a full-scale part, she said.

Russia has been a member of the Council of Europe for 23 years, since 1996, Maury Pasquier said.

Russia's legal practice significantly enriches the ECHR's experience, she said.

Maury Pasquier said that her previous meeting with Matviyenko took place at the height of the crisis in relations between Russia and the Council of Europe, but the page has been turned thanks to concerted efforts; the Russian delegation has assumed its rightful place at the PACE, she said.