The Russian delegation receives “vague hints” about wanting to work through personal channels, however, significant shifts in anti-Russian sentiment, as noted by the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs, no.
MOSCOW, 21 Oct. Russia is not going to completely withdraw from the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), but it was prepared to work only on “full equality”, said the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov in an interview to the newspaper “Izvestia”.
Sanctions against the Russian delegation to PACE were introduced in April last year because of the position of the Russian Federation on Ukraine and Crimea. Russian parliamentarians have been denied the right to vote, the right to participate in meetings of statutory bodies and monitoring activities. In 2015, the sanctions were renewed. The head of the PACE Anne Brasseur has previously stated that questions about the restoration of the credentials of the delegation of the Russian Federation may be reviewed in January 2016.
Pushkov said that now in the Russian delegation only on personal channels “vague hints” about the desire to cooperate, however, serious breakthroughs in the anti-Russian sentiment, according to him, no.
“We do not see and the readiness to abandon the policy of sanctions. But let’s hope that positive developments will occur, as Russia is not out of PACE and we do not set ourselves the task of complete withdrawal from the organization”, — quotes the edition fluff.
He stressed that Russia is ready to cooperate only on the basis of full equality and equal status with other delegations.