Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky expects the work to restore full-scale cooperation with the US Congress and the European Parliament in the next months, TASS reports.
"We will continue our cooperation not just with the American parliamentary makers, but will also make steps in cooperation between the State Duma and the EU," he told journalists on Tuesday after a meeting with US senator Rand Paul. "We will be able to make some considerable moves in the coming months to restore full-scale cooperation with the US Congress and the European Parliament."
Slutsky dwelled on the blocking regulations adopted by the EU on Tuesday on the American sanctions against Iran, according to which the restrictive measures are invalid on the EU territory. "The decision taken by the EU is the first step in modern history when the American expansion of the past years to Europe suffered a devastating defeat," he said. "This situation shows that the EU started proceeding from its own position and interests, not those of Washington, including the construction of new European architecture."
This architecture "can hardly be imagined without cooperation between the European Union countries and Russia," the committee head said.