The regions of the European countries are actively cooperating with the Russian regions, despite the deterioration in relations between the EU and Russia, said Thursday the speaker of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin.
"at the level of bilateral interaction of the Russian regions with the regions of the European Union, state governors and our colleagues, the regional deputies, the same thing happens. They feel that in these 1, 5-2 last year, when the situation became more acute, and Vice versa (appeared) great traction and a more active cooperation with partners, "said Naryshkin, speaking at an open tribune in the state Duma on the theme" 20 years in the Council of Europe: lessons and prospects ".
"This, I think, is clear. Because the damage of regional parliaments in the European Union and governments there is no such hard dependency, this hard pressure from overseas the so-called partners, Because the European Regions feel more independent, more self-reliant, which cannot be said about the governments and parliaments of the countries of the European Union, for example, " - he concluded.
at the end of July 2014, the EU and the US said the penalties against entire sectors of Russia's economy due to the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West on the background of the conflict in Ukraine. In response Russia in the last month of the summer of 2014 limited the import of food items from countries that have imposed against her punishment, and declared the policy of import substitution. In the summer of 2015 penalties and retaliatory measures of the Russian Federation were extended for another year.
punishment against the Russian delegation to PACE have been introduced equally in 2014 because of the position of the Russian capital in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. The Russian deputies were deprived of the right to vote, the right to participate in meetings of statutory bodies and monitoring activities. The head of the PACE Anne Brasseur said that the issue of restoration of credentials of the Russian delegation have the opportunity to be reviewed in January 2016.