1 October 2015, 10:40 GMT
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Political dialogue in Europe is not possible without Russia’s participation, the head of the Organizations for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) Ilkka Kanerva told journalists Thursday.
“For now, I cannot imagine a political dialogue in Europe without the participation of Russia. Russia is a key player in the European Union for us, particularly the State Duma should be represented in this dialogue,” Kanerva said.
The Assembly first deprived Russia of voting rights in April 2014 amid the country’s alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. Moscow has firmly denied the claim.
At the beginning of the year, the EU lawmakers chose to prolong the restrictions on Russia’s voting rights over a lack of improvement in the Ukrainian situation.