The decision of the Russian delegation not to participate in the PACE session is “absolutely correct”, but you might want to stop paying contributions to the organization, as Russia will cost without PACE, but PACE without Russia – is unlikely, said the Deputy Sergey Mironov.
MOSCOW, 18 Jan. The head of “Fair Russia” Sergey Mironov proposes to suspend membership of the Russian delegation in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and don’t pay.
Russia must pay a fee to the Council of Europe to 25 February, a working group consisting of representatives of the foreign Ministry, Finance Ministry, state Duma deputies and Federation Council members will develop the concept of the contribution. Earlier, the speaker of the state Duma said that the Russian delegation decided to abstain from participating in the January session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. According to him, Russia will decide on the work PACE when there are conditions for full-fledged and equal dialogue.
Mironov noted that the decision to refuse to participate in the PACE session “absolutely right”.
“But I would go further. You need to stop paying dues to this organization, Russia without PACE will cost, but the cost if PACE without the large countries — the big question. Nothing to pay — I will be interrupted,” said Mironov at a briefing with reporters in the state Duma.
“I would go even further and suspended the membership of our parliamentary delegation in this organization and would not pay regular contributions,” said the head of the social revolutionaries.
At the end of January 2015 PACE because of the situation in Ukraine adopted a resolution that stripped the Russian delegation of voting rights, the right to participate in the work of the statutory bodies and in monitoring elections. In response, the Russian delegation until the end of 2015, left the Assembly. On Monday the Deputy head of the Russian delegation in PACE Leonid Slutsky said that the Russian Federation decided not to participate in the winter session of the Assembly.
The Russian contribution is 10% of the budget of the Council of Europe. In November, the state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin noted that Russia should not hurry to pay. In December, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko said that Russia may reduce by a third installment in this international organization, if the powers of the Russian delegation to PACE will not be recovered in full at the January session.