MOSCOW, January 15. The delegation of the Russian Federation, most likely, will refuse to go at the January session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This was announced by first Deputy Chairman of state Duma Committee on international Affairs, member of the Russian delegation to PACE Leonid Kalashnikov (CPRF).
Pushkov: the Russian Parliament on 15 January to announce the decision to participate in PACE session
“According to my information, is currently preparing a decree signed by the speakers of the state Duma and the Federation Council, Sergei Naryshkin and Valentina Matvienko that the delegation to Strasbourg will not go,” said Kalashnikov, adding however that the final decision “say not taken”.
However, the Deputy head of the Committee emphasized that in the context of discriminatory policies and sanctions pressure to PACE the refusal of participation in session, which again would have been raised about the loss of authority of the delegation, “quite logical”. “Even if we go down there, discrimination will still continue,” – said Kalashnikov.
Another source in the Russian delegation confirmed that the final decision regarding participation in the session will be “linked to the balance of the vote (the credentials of the Russian delegation and the possible extension of sanctions against it)”. According to him, directly now in the process of decision making, and “it is connected with the meetings of the PACE political groups, which give the alignment of voices”.
Naryshkin: the Russian Federation is unacceptable for any limitation of its powers in PACE
The interlocutor of Agency also has not excluded that representatives of the Russian Federation at the moment are unofficial consultations to clarify the balance of power in the Assembly. “It’s happening, otherwise no one would have delayed the announcement until Monday, once would have said – are we going or not”, – said the MP.
“If the situation is such that we not find ourselves again in the situation of limitations, the delegation will travel (in Strasbourg) and will work in normal mode. If we understand that things happen otherwise, then it makes no sense to go”, – concluded the source.
The Russian delegation in PACE in April 2014, was stripped of its powers because of the events in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. In 2015 the Assembly has twice adopted a decision on the possible restoration of the Russian delegation in the 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 2015. Earlier, on 13 January, the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov said that the leadership of the Russian Parliament on 15 January to announce the decision to participate in PACE session in January.
PACE winter session will be held in Strasbourg from 25 to 29 January 2016.