Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov met with PABSEC representatives

Meeting participants stressed that the pandemic had affected activities of the General Assembly. Almost all the meetings had recently been held via videoconference. Next session of the General Assembly may be held in Russia in summer of 2022
Meeting of Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov with PABSEC representatives

On 10 December 2021, the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov Babakov Alexander Mikhailovich Babakov
Alexander Mikhailovich
held a meeting with members of the PABSEC delegation and the PABSEC Secretary General Asaf Hajiyev.

The meeting participants stressed that the pandemic had affected activities of the General Assembly. Almost all the meetings had recently been held via videoconference. The next session of the General Assembly may be held in Russia in summer of 2022.

“In order to make the next session go smoothly, it should be held in person, not online. I hope that the pandemic situation will get better by July 2022,” Asaf Hajiyev said.

Alexander Babakov agreed with him and added that there would be good prospects for Russia.

“The more we show everyone capacities and achievements of our country, thus, there will be less arguments to detractors for political speculations. Our task is to depoliticize the PABSEC activities as much as possible,” he said.

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Meeting of Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov with PABSEC representatives
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov
PABSEC representatives Asaf Hajiyev and Petar Kanev
Meeting of Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov with PABSEC representatives
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov
Member of the Committee on Energy Grigory Shilkin
PABSEC Secretary General Asaf Hajiyev
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov
Head of the delegation of Bulgaria to the PABSEC Petar Kanev
Meeting of Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov with PABSEC representatives
Member of the Committee on Security and Corruption Control Mikhail Sheremet
First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans’ Affairs Nikolay Kolomeitsev
 
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov
PABSEC representatives Asaf Hajiyev and Petar Kanev
 
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov
Member of the Committee on Energy Grigory Shilkin
PABSEC Secretary General Asaf Hajiyev
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov
Head of the delegation of Bulgaria to the PABSEC Petar Kanev
 
Member of the Committee on Security and Corruption Control Mikhail Sheremet
First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans’ Affairs Nikolay Kolomeitsev

The PABSEC Secretary General Asaf Hajiyev also noted inadmissibility of politicizing activities of the organization. Therefore, he urged the Russian delegation to pay special attention to choosing of the topic of the main discussion of the next Assembly’s session in summer of 2022.

In addition, it became known that the PABSEC had become an observer at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean. Asaf Hajiyev said that it took place not long after Russia had taken over the PABSEC chairmanship.

The meeting participants also discussed issues related to further activities of the organization. The Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Babakov proposed to include regional issues in the agenda. The meeting participants also discussed staffing and other issues.

In November 2021, the PABSEC chairmanship was transferred from the Romanian Parliament to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

The head of the delegation of Bulgaria to the PABSEC Petar Kanev, the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Regional Policy and Local Self-Government Alexey Didenko Didenko Alexey Nikolaevich Didenko
Alexey Nikolaevich
, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans’ Affairs Nikolay Kolomeitsev Kolomeitsev Nikolay Vasilievich Kolomeitsev
Nikolay Vasilievich
, member of the State Duma Committee on Energy Grigory Shilkin Shilkin Grigory Vladimirovich Shilkin
Grigory Vladimirovich
and member of the State Duma Committee on Security and Corruption Control Mikhail Sheremet Sheremet Mikhail Sergeyevich Sheremet
Mikhail Sergeyevich
also took part in the meeting.