Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his German colleague Heiko Maas will discuss the situation in the Middle East, Ukraine, as well as Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe during their bilateral meeting in Helsinki, the German Foreign Ministry informed on Friday, ONA reports citing TASS.
"Minister Maas will meet with Russian minister Lavrov in Helsinki. Apart from Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe, the ministers will discuss bilateral and international issues, including the situation in the Middle East and Ukraine," the foreign ministry stressed.
"Russia is the largest member state of the Council of Europe, which has not paid its membership fees for two years," Maas said before flying out to Helsinki to attend the session of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. He added that Russia’s delegation has not been represented in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for several years.