Restricting inter-parliamentary contacts unacceptable – Duma Speaker Naryshkin

The practice of restricting contacts among parliamentarians from various countries is unacceptable and runs counter to democratic principles, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said.
“In recent years, apart from, perhaps, the frequent meetings with Mr. Kanerva [IlkkaKanerva, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] at various OSCE Parliamentary Assembly events, our contacts at the bilateral parliamentary level have reduced significantly,” Naryshkin said at a meeting with members of a Finnish parliamentary delegation, which included Kanerva, on Monday.
Last year, the Russian parliamentary delegation was unable to attend an OSCE PA session in Helsinki, Naryshkin said.
“Our position on deputies’ participation at international parliamentary meetings is well known: we consider the practice of restricting contacts among parliamentarians from various countries, restricting parliamentarians in the ability to freely express their point of view to be unacceptable,” Naryshkin said.
“This doubtless runs counter to both the principles and values of parliamentarism and democracy,” he said.
Russia hopes that at its upcoming session in Tbilisi, the OSCE PA will pass the Russian motion on the unacceptability of any sanctions against parliamentarians, Naryshkin said.

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