Slutsky: Russia must restore its participation in PACE

Slutsky: Russia must restore its participation in PACE


In early 2015, PACE adopted a resolution according to which Russia lost the right to vote and participate in the work of the statutory bodies in the monitoring of the elections because of the situation in Ukraine.

MOSCOW, 17 Dec –. Moscow has any way to recover their involvement in the work PACE. Such opinion on Thursday expressed the Deputy head of the Russian delegation in the Assembly Leonid Slutsky.

“We should definitely go in PACE, anyway,” said Slutsky, speaking at the Russian-French seminar with the participation of a delegation of parliamentarians of France, led by Thierry Mariani and deputies of the state Duma.

At the end of January 2015, PACE adopted a resolution that stripped the Russian delegation of voting rights, the right to participate in the work of the statutory bodies in the monitoring of the elections because of the situation in Ukraine. In addition to the deprivation of significant powers, the Assembly adopted a resolution in which demanded to cancel the “annexation of Crimea”, to release 24 hours a citizen of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko — 21 requirement.

In response, the Russian delegation until the end of 2015, left the Assembly. At the January session is traditionally a place for reconfirmation of powers of delegations to the PACE.

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. The Russian contribution is 10% of the budget of the COE.

Slutsky also said that today some forces are trying to form an image of Russia as a “pariah” in the international information space.

“These attempts fail. They can fail with that mission which Russia is in Syria, trying to really counter the threat of the “Islamic state” (in Arabic – DAYS, banned in Russia) and with the provocation with su-24, which threw Russia and Turkey”, — said the MP, noting that this was a provocation, sorry, “was successful.”

However, the proximity ratings, which sounds today, in some European countries, including France, the political course of the Turkish leadership gives hope for further development of international cooperation, says Slutsky.