The Russian Parliament is ready to resume work in PACE in case of observance of equal rights for all national delegations, said the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko.
MOSCOW, 18 Jan. Russia does not refuse from cooperation with PACE and ready to resume work in the Assembly, restoring the authority, said the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matienko.
“Abandoning the trip to Strasbourg, we are not shutting the door. The Russian Parliament is ready to resume work in PACE in case of observance of equal rights and opportunities for all national delegations, including ours. This is important both for Europe and for the PACE. Without Russian parliamentarians, who filled the organization’s work to live, the Assembly’s role is becoming more decorative. Everyone can see that. I hope that common sense in Strasbourg will prevail,” she said.
According to Matvienko, depriving the Russian delegation of powers, the authors of such a step has not reached the intended purpose.
“The attack on the Russian Parliament, our inter-parliamentary relations, on Russia itself obviously did not work… In anticipation of the January session of PACE, its leaders have not shown good will, clearly formulated intent to restore the powers and rights of the Russian delegation in full”, — she said.
Matvienko noted that since 2014, when Russia left the Assembly, enough time has passed that the PACE could ensure that any sanctions against Russia, whether political or economic, “are triggered exactly the opposite, the boomerang effect”.
“During the meeting with PACE President Anne Brasseur in October 2015 I was recommended to take steps to eliminate discrimination of the Russian delegation, the PACE of work returning to normal. This appeal remained unanswered”, she said.
As a result, said Matvienko, the Russian Parliament “was and remains an active and influential member of inter-parliamentary cooperation, bilateral and multilateral, while the PACE faints and fades.”