In other matters, van der Linden said Russia had taken the first steps in repairing relations with Georgia because of pressure from the Parliamentary Assembly.
"In my meetings in Moscow, I urged the Russian authorities to make the first, concrete, positive steps to bring down the conflicts between Georgia and Russia and, especially, to create an atmosphere to re-establish good neighborship," he said.
Russia's ambassador to Georgia was due to return to his post today, nearly four months after leaving Tbilisi amid a dispute between the two countries.
Commenting on his trip to Belarus on January 18-19, van der Linden said he believes the recent Russian-Belarusian energy dispute resulted in Minsk being "more open for a discussion on joining the European family."
Van der Linden was unanimously reelected president of the council today for another one-year term.
(with agency reports)
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