MOSCOW, November 26 (RAPSI) - The State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation on Thursday recommended that the lower house pass in the first reading a bill that extends the authority of the Constitutional Court and gives it the right to find it impossible to implement decisions of international courts on the territory of Russia if they contradict the Constitution, RIA Novosti reported.

The bill states that Russia’s Constitutional Court may decide whether to execute or judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and other courts or not. “If the judgment is undermining the sovereignty of the country, Constitutional Court would solve the situation. This decision would take effect immediately, it may not be appealed,” one of the bill authors, Vasily Likhachev, said earlier.

According to the initiative, Russian President, Government and Ministry of Justice would be granted a right to ask the Constitutional Court to review decisions of international courts.