The mood of the PACE against Russia softens stance about the fact that the country will return to the Assembly only in case of resumption of office, begins to find understanding, said the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko.
"We are seeing a softening, attempts to engage us in dialogue, contacts," she told reporters on Wednesday.
in her expressions, the position of the Russian Federation about returning of the Russian delegation in PACE only in case of resumption of its powers " already understood ".
"We have already said that we will return to PACE only in case of complete renewal of our powers. We denounced this position, and she seems to have understood, " - said Matvienko.
Speaking in General about the interaction of Russian parliamentarians with their European counterparts, the Federation Council speaker said that he sees "a softening of the stance towards Russia" and the various structures of the COE, as well as among them the PACE and the Congress (the Congress of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe).
"The Federal Parliament does not feel isolated. On the contrary, our contacts have become more intense and not only on our initiative. We do not have deficits in cooperation (with European colleagues) in order to develop common approaches to dialogue, " she said.
punishment against the Russian delegation to PACE were introduced in April last year because of the position of the Russian Federation on Ukraine and Crimea. The Russian deputies were deprived of the right to vote, the right to participate in meetings of statutory bodies and monitoring activities. In 2015 the penalties were extended. The head of the PACE Anne Brasseur said before, the issues of restoration of credentials of the delegation of the Russian Federation have the opportunity to be reviewed in January 2016.
in the Russian Federation have repeatedly stated that no country is not going to leave the PACE, but ready to cooperate only on the basis of full equality and equal status with other delegations.