PACE talks back

­Thorbjorn Jagland – Secretary General, Council of Europe

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly has started its autumn session amid controversy over its report on Russia. Although called the best one since Russia’s accession to the Council, the resolution contains strong and arguably unfair criticism. Eventually some of PACE propositions made the head of Russian delegation, State Duma Chairman Sergey Naryshkin, boycott the PACE meeting. So, what is going on in the relations between Russia and the Council of Europe? We’ll discuss it with the Council Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland.