During the conversation they discussed three issues: the activities of the Assembly and the participation of the Russian delegation in the Assembly, the events in Ukraine, possible action by the COE and PACE by facilitating the resolution of “acute political crisis” in this country, said the speaker of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin.
MOSCOW, 3 Dec. The question of the contribution of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe was not discussed during yesterday’s phone call between speaker of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin and Secretary General of the COE thorbjørn Jagland.
“Questions of contributions (Russia in the Council of Europe) was not discussed”, — Naryshkin said to journalists, answering a question about yesterday’s conversation.
Earlier, first Deputy Finance Minister Tatyana Nesterenko reported that the contribution of Russia to the Council of Europe included in the expenditures of the Federal budget for 2016.
The Russian contribution is 10% of the budget of the Council of Europe.
The Chairman of the state Duma of the Russian Federation recalled that they discussed three issues: the activities of the Assembly and the participation of the Russian delegation in the Assembly, the events in Ukraine, possible action by the COE and PACE by facilitating the resolution of “acute political crisis” in this country, and the progress of the work on the draft constitutional law on the constitutional court of the Russian Federation.
Previously, the newspaper “Izvestia” reported with reference to the state Duma Committee on international Affairs, the final decision on the payment of dues to the Council of Europe will be accepted until mid-December, it is possible that the amount will be divided into several parts due to the complex relations with the PACE.
Sanctions against the Russian delegation to PACE were introduced in April last year because of Moscow’s position on Ukraine and the Crimea and were renewed in January 2015. The head of the Russian delegation Alexei Pushkov said that until the end of 2015, Russia remains a member of the Council of Europe: the contributions already paid.