“It’s unexpected and non-standard, to put it mildly,” Leonid Slutsky,
deputy speaker of PACE and co-chairman of the State Duma committee on
CIS affairs, told reporters.
Slutsky called the decision made by the Nobel Committee a strange
move,” saying that “peacekeeping is a secondary aspect of EU
“The EU is primarily an economic and political integration institution, and peacekeeping plays a secondary role there,” he said.