Rene van den Linden (file photo) (Council of Europe)
January 9, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President Rene van den Linden will make a working visit to Moscow on January 10-12.
PACE's press service said he is scheduled to meet Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, parliamentary leaders, and NGO representatives.
Discussions were expected to focus on the need for Russia to ratify a protocol on the activities of the European Court of Human Rights, Russia being the only Council of Europe member not to have done so.
Among issues expected to be discussed were also Russia's relations with Georgia and Belarus.
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