Chizhov hopes that the position of the COE Secretary General in Russia will cost him the seat

© Photo : Permanent mission of the Russian Federation to the European southeasternly the representative of the Russian Federation to the EU Vladimir Chizhov. archive photoChizhov hopes that the position of the COE Secretary General in Russia will cost him the seat© Photo : Permanent mission of the Russian Federation to the European Union

Russia hopes that the principled position of Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland will not cost him the seat, said Russia’s envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov.

Informed Jagland said in an interview with the Financial Times that Russia’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe would be a negative step, as the country’s membership in the organization is important for the Russians. According to him, «it would be a step backwards for Europe.»

«Jagland fairly well-known person, independent, comes from a country that is not a member of the European Union. Let’s hope that his principled position not only will cost him the seat, but in the end will determine the decision», — he told in interview to TV channel «Russia 24».

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