An unprecedented amount of delegations, 152, have stated their willingness to take part in the 137th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) that St. Petersburg will host from October 14 to 18, the chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s international affairs committee told a news conference in Moscow on Friday.
“The very decision to hold a next assembly of the IPU on Russian soil was from the very start bitterly disputed and blocked the Ukrainian delegation. Now we can say that Ukraine’s policy towards boycotting Russia, derailing our initiatives finds itself in splendid solitude,” said Konstantin Kosachev.
“As of today, our data says that 152 national delegations out of 173 plan to take part in the assembly, which is a record high,” the senior legislator from the upper house of the Russian parliament added.
He said the biggest amount of the delegations ever taking part in a IPU assembly was 147. Besides, the legislator expects that the number of registered delegations “will most likely grow”. Read more