In response to allegations from Marko Mihkelson, chairman of the Estonian parliament’s EU affairs committee, concerning personal financial interests in Russia, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), René van der Linden, today stressed that:
- he has not, and never has had, any financial involvement in any company in Russia;
- he is not, and never has been, a member of any supervisory or other board of any company having economic interests in Russia;
- he has never received any financial advantage, compensation or payment of any sort in relation to activities involving Russia.
“I regret that a member of the Estonian parliament, and a former member of PACE, did not initially call me to verify these allegations before making them public. After my press conference in Tallinn on 19 September, this is now the second time I have to reply to allegations brought forward without any proof. I would therefore urge Mr Mihkelson to stop this slandering”, Mr van der Linden said.