"I cannot say that the relations between the Russian Parliament and the Assembly are at a satisfactory level. In my opinion, the current state of affairs benefits neither the Assembly nor Russia. As President of the Assembly I cannot remain indifferent with regard to this situation," Agramunt told RIA Novosti.
He noted that PACE's Bureau, one of its key bodies, approved a declaration in June calling for dialogue with Russia.
"This is the reason why I am coming to Russia again and this time together with the leaders and vice-chairpersons of the Assembly’s political groups so as to have a meaningful discussion with Russian parliamentarians representing various political forces. Building upon the good direct contacts I have established with the leadership of the State Duma and of the Federation Council, I hope that this meeting will be a step further in the development of our relations," he said.