The State Duma Committee on International Affairs on November 11 supported the approval of Vyacheslav Volodin as the co-chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Group, and also approved the candidacy of the United Russia faction deputy Yevgeny Popov for the post of his deputy. The corresponding draft resolution will be considered by the State Duma at a plenary session on Thursday.
As the head of the committee Leonid Slutsky explained, from this moment the process of forming deputy groups for relations with parliaments of foreign countries actually starts. “In this convocation, it is proposed to optimize their work and create 57 so-called” Friendship Groups “, – said Slutsky. He recalled that in the 7th convocation of the State Duma there were more than 80 such groups, but not all of them had the opportunity to fully function due to the difficult situation in the world.
The Interparliamentary Group is an internal body of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation that maintains contacts with foreign parliaments and the Interparliamentary Union. Its functions include ensuring the participation of parliamentarians in the activities of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and maintaining inter-parliamentary contacts within the framework of parliamentary groups for relations with parliaments of foreign states. Traditionally, it is co-chaired by the speakers of the State Duma and the Federation Council.