Conditions for a full return of Russia in PACE can occur after revision of sanctions against Russia from the European Union, says the head of the Russian delegation in the organization, Alexei Pushkov.
MOSCOW, 18 Jan. The situation in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) could change after the European Union lifted sanctions against Russia, believes the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs, head of the Russian delegation in the organization, Alexei Pushkov.
Earlier, the speaker of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin said that the Russian delegation decided to abstain from participating in the January session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
“When can ripen the conditions for such a full return (RF in PACE)? In my opinion, it will be connected with the process of revising the sanctions against Russia from the EU. PACE is not an independent organization, that would be it about yourself or say,” said Pushkov journalists.
He noted that most delegations PACE represent the ruling party in the EU. “These MPs from the ruling parties, of course, guided by the official position of their governments and the leadership of their parties,” he said.
“When the EU will reconsider sanctions against Russia, then, in my opinion, can create political conditions for refusal and the number of delegations of countries of the European Union in PACE, for they were also inclined to reject illegal sanctions against the Russian Federation. Prior to this date, in my opinion, we are going to have a negative the status quo”, — said Pushkov.
He recalled that in 2015 a growing number of critics of sanctions against the Russian delegation.
Sanctions against the Russian delegation to PACE were introduced in April 2014 due to Moscow’s position on Ukraine and Crimea. Russian parliamentarians have been denied the right to vote, the right to participate in meetings of statutory bodies and monitoring activities. In 2015, the sanctions were renewed. Russian parliamentarians have repeatedly stated that they are ready to work in PACE with the return of all authority.