Naryshkin said that it is not necessary to hurry with the payment of the fee of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe in 2016


MOSCOW, November 12. Naryshkin said that it is not necessary to hurry with the payment of the fee of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe in 2016, said state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin.

“With the payment of fee (for 2016) to be in a hurry definitely don’t need. In any case, the whole amount. … If not the whole fee, in any case, with part of the amount this year to hurry up is not exactly necessary,” he said at a meeting of “Open tribune” on the theme: “20 years in the Council of Europe: lessons and prospects”.

Thus Naryshkin reacted to the remark of leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who recalled that Russia is one of five main payers of the Council of Europe. “This is 10% of the budget. This is the money needed to work on (CE)”, – he said. In the opinion of Zhirinovsky if Russia was deprived of the words in PACE – “we may not make the next payment”.

“We were deprived of speech, February 15th of the year, all – we do not make money. Suspended membership – we are suspending payment. But ahead we pay for almost three years. Why? Let us pay late. Then, in January 2016 will not be to us – to pay for 16 year. If in January again raised the issue of limitation, we will not increase the fee, they will come”, – said the leader of the LDPR.

“I would agree, we do not need to hurry in any case to pay the entire amount (contributions of the participating country),” said Naryshkin, supporting the proposal of the leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky. “Yes, it is clear that our contribution, like any other, he clearly is not divided into components where what goes, including what portion falls on our work in PACE, but nevertheless some landmarks there. If, I repeat, not the whole fee, with part of rush this year for sure-definitely not necessary”, – concluded the speaker of the state Duma.

“We need to think about how louder slam the door”

At the same time, Naryshkin supported the further development of dialogue of Russia with the Council of Europe.

“We need to think about how louder to slam the door in the Council of Europe, and on other variants of our actions, which allows not to dissipate the experience and accumulated potential of cooperation, and harder to Express our position in arguments with opponents in the same PACE,” he said.

Naryshkin recalled that on the part of some experts, there are calls to leave the Council of Europe. “Technically, it’s not hard to do, although a simple variant of action is not always correct and optimal”, – said Naryshkin. The speaker indicated that this line does not correspond to the interests of the Russian side. “Who would benefit from this outcome is clear in advance. There are those who will speculate that Russia allegedly is not a European country,” he warned.

However, the head of the chamber pointed out that “we cannot exclude the extreme variants of our actions”. “We and our partners can only wonder what we will come to this anniversary (the 20th anniversary of the membership of the Russian Federation in the Council of Europe),” – said Naryshkin. According to him, in the past two years Russia’s relations with the Council of Europe “can not be called cloudless”. “A number of institutions of the Council of Europe set the tone forces that, in my opinion, inadequately assess the validity, as among bureaucrats and politicians have the CE, unfortunately, and face, which can be called Frank cave Russophobia”, – he said.

Naryshkin added that the most important issue now is the question “will we be able to overcome the barriers on this path and to build fruitful cooperation with the Council of Europe, which would give new impulses for the development of the European continent”.

New routes of cooperation

Russia should develop cooperation with the Council of Europe and use a European legal and judicial instruments protecting the interests and rights of its citizens, Naryshkin said.

According to him, in Europe there are a growing number of examples of non-legal solutions, and some turn into bad and dangerous tradition. “For example, compromise with the neo-Nazi movements or shameful reluctance to see human rights violations in the Baltic States. I mean, first of all, the infamous odious Institute of “statelessness” applies to hundreds of thousands of Latvian residents,” – said the MP.

Ultimately, this undermines the principles and values that were laid in the Foundation of the Council of Europe, noted Naryshkin.

We need to build new routes of cooperation and collaboration with the Council of Europe and European legal and judicial instruments protecting rights and interests of our citizens and compatriots who live in Europe

Sergei Naryshkin
speaker of the state Duma

Naryshkin also noted that the last two years has convincingly demonstrated who’s really afraid of dialogue, who goes from this dialogue, feeling the weakness of his position and his arguments. “That’s why blocked our appeals to the Venice Commission with a proposal to give a legal assessment to the events in Kiev in February 2014, to assess perfect there the coup and a number of adopted normative acts, which by our estimation the standard of lawlessness”, – said the speaker. That is why, he continued, “so carefully filtered reports by the Western media, for example, about the tragedy in Odessa and its fictitious investigation. Exactly so continue the illegal restriction against the Russian Parliament”.

All this, according to the MP, the challenge to international law and national legal systems. As the threat of such legal turbulence exists, legislators will need to strictly work on the development of Russian law and the Russian society to strengthen the foundations of constitutional order, said the speaker of the state Duma.