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PACE President and Speaker of the Russian Federation Council to meet in Strasbourg

Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of Russia's Federation Council, will hold talks in Strasbourg at 3.15 pm on Wednesday 14 September, the day before the opening of the European Summit of Presidents of Parliament.

Following their talks, Mr Agramunt and Ms Matvienko will make a statement at 3.35 pm, in the Lobby of the Hemicycle.

Ms Matvienko will then meet the Presidential Committee – comprising the President of the PACE, the Chairs* of the political groups and the Secretary General of the Assembly – at 3.45 pm. That meeting will be a follow-up to the visit made by President Agramunt and the Chairs of the political groups to Moscow on 6 and 7 September.

* Axel E. Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), Michele Nicoletti (Italy, SOC), Ian Liddell-Grainger (United Kingdom, EC), Jordi Xuclà (Spain, ALDE), Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL).

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3.15 pm: meeting between Pedro Agramunt and Valentina Matvienko in the President's office
3.35 pm: statement to the press in the Lobby of the Hemicycle - no questions
3.45 pm: meeting between Valentina Matvienko and the Presidential Committee in Room 13 (closed session)

Other press briefings are scheduled throughout the Conference of Presidents of Parliament (15-16 September) and will be announced on the spot.