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Matvienko doubted the advisability of Russia’s participation in the PABSEC

NEW DELHI, 14 Oct. Parliamentary Assembly The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) has become a politicized structure; if nothing changes, then Russia may consider the feasibility of its participation in this organization, said Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.
“PABSEC, which was created as <…> a good instrument for expanding economic and humanitarian interaction, has turned into such an incomprehensible politicized structure. If nothing changes, then we will consider the feasibility of our participation in this assembly. I am telling you this as our colleague,” Matvienko said during a meeting with the Chairman of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Numan Kurtulmuş within the framework of the “parliamentary twenty”.

Senators of the Russian Federation participated on May 4-5 this year in the work of the 61st PABSEC General Assembly in Ankara (Turkey). Member of the Agrarian Committee of the Federation Council, head of the delegation of Russian senators, Alexey Kondratenko, stated that the PABSEC is in a deep, deliberately created crisis, having lost its unique character.

A source in the Russian delegation stated that his colleague was attacked by the Ukrainian side on the sidelines of the PABSEC summit in Ankara. The Russian Embassy in Ankara later confirmed the fact of an attack by representatives of the Ukrainian delegation on a member of the Russian delegation at the PABSEC summit; he underwent a medical examination and was provided with consular assistance. The diplomatic mission reported that the attention of the Turkish authorities has been duly drawn to this case, and expressed hope that the perpetrators will receive the deserved punishment. The member of the Russian delegation who was attacked is feeling well, Russian Ambassador to Ankara Alexey Erkhov and Speaker of the Turkish Parliament Mustafa Shentop discussed the incident, reported the head of the Russian delegation to the PABSEC Olga Timofeeva.
PABSEC was created in 1993 on the initiative of Russia and Turkey. The organization includes delegations from 13 states: Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. The parliaments of six states have observer status: Belarus, Germany, Egypt, Israel, Slovakia, France, as well as 13 organizations.

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