MOSCOW, December 24. State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin called unacceptable any restriction of authority of Russia in PACE.
“For us, any limitation is simply unacceptable. This is our principled position”, – said the speaker on the TV channel “Russia 24”. “Russia is not a country that can tolerate these restrictions”, – he stressed.
Naryshkin made it clear that the Russian delegation will not participate in the work of PACE, if it during the January session of the Assembly will be invited to leave any of its powers, as some to deny. He recalled that “the main thing is the right to vote, have representation in the governing bodies of the Assembly, the right to participate in various monitoring missions”.
The Russian delegation in PACE in April 2014 was deprived of office because of Russia’s position on Ukraine and Crimea. In 2015, the parliamentary Assembly has twice adopted a decision on the possible restoration of the Russian delegation’s rights, but restrictions remain: Russia deprived of voting rights and participation in decision-making bodies of the PACE. In connection with these sanctions, the Russian delegation suspended its participation in the activities of the PACE until the end of the year.
Earlier, the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov said that the issue of Russia’s participation in PACE session in January correlated with the position on payment of fee of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe, decisions on both issues will be accepted in January. “We are now thinking about how we behave in relation to PACE, who will decide in January, but, of course, to session,” he said.
By the second half of January
Also Naryshkin said that the Russian delegation will be determined with the decision of whether to go to PACE January session, the second half of January.
“We have, of course, no illusions. We understand that even assume that anyone will put on the January meeting the issue of deprivation of parliamentary delegations of Russia of powers and a fundamental right – to vote. Therefore, we are closely watching how the situation develops. Closer to the second half of January we will make a decision – go or not go”, – said the head of the lower house of the Russian Parliament.
However, he did not rule out that the delegation may attend the session and to Orient their actions on the spot. “This variant is also possible”, – he said.
This Naryshkin called unacceptable any restriction of authority of Russia in PACE.