Official visit of Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe to Moscow, 14-15 February 2005 

Terry Davis on official visit to Moscow

During his official visit to Moscow, the Secretary General today met the Chairman of the State Duma, Boris Gryzlov, the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council (upper chamber), Alexander Torshin, the Chairman of the Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee, Mikhail Marg, the Chairman of the Duma’s International Affairs Committee, Konstantin Kosachev, and members of the Russian delegation to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.

Issues discussed included: preparations for the summit of Council of Europe Heads of State and Government, in particular a set of core standards proposed in the Parliamentary Assembly report adopted in January this year; co-operation programmes between Russia and the Council of Europe, including in the Chechen Republic; the monitoring of Russia’s commitments by the Parliamentary Assembly; the fight against terrorism; and relations between Russia and the Council of Europe.

Belarus, the Yukos case and the situation of Russian speakers in the Baltic states - especially Latvia - were also discussed.

In a later meeting, the Secretary General and Justice Minister Yuri Chaika discussed co-operation projects in the field of penitentiary and legal reform, the Council of Europe’s legal assessment of Russian draft laws, and the organisation’s work in the fight against terrorism.

Special attention was paid to measures to ensure the proper functioning of the European Court of Human Rights (including the ratification of Protocol no. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights), issues relating to the work of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture, and the application of the convention on extradition.