Russia to offer BRICS to create Parliamentary Assembly

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This issue will be discussed at the end of the week during the visit of the State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin and Head of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Alexey Pushkov to New Delhi.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) may be established in the nearest future at the initiative of Russia, informs “Izvestia” newspaper, citing a source of the State Duma. “It’s the first State Duma Speaker’s visit to India in recent years which makes it significant. It’s an important event for both Russia and India for the further development of our relations, including their cooperation within the framework of the BRICS. We will cooperate to establish the Parliamentary Assembly of the BRICS countries... It will be one of the points of the agreement items that will be discussed there,” said the State Duma the day before the visit. Until now the inter-parliamentary relations between India and Russia weren’t active, in particular they weren’t so interesting as the military and trade cooperation. However, Naryshkin’s visit has to change the situation.

“We have long-standing cooperation with India. If we talk about the emergence of a new parliamentary structure for the BRICS, it is a great idea. India is one of the key BRICS countries, so Naryshkin’s visit will be of use. The State Duma Speaker knows how to negotiate, and he has solid experience in that,” said Leonid Kalashnikov, the Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on International Affairs.

As reported, Alexey Pushkov, the Head of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, stated earlier that the Duma delegation was going to India to complement the current BRICS format with the Parliamentary Assembly.

“We are going to establish the parliamentary component in the BRICS and RIC (Russia-India-China) multilateral format,” said Pushkov on board the aircraft that took off from Moscow to New Delhi on Wednesday.

At the end of January, following the decision made by the Parliamentary Assembly Committee of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Russian delegation was repeatedly denied the right to vote at the forum. In March 2014 Russia was deprived of the right to vote in the PACE due to the accession of the Crimea to the Russian Federation.

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