Unacceptable for Russia the role of an extra, so the refusal to participate in PACE session in January – is a “confirmation of Russia’s commitment to the principles of international law”, said the head of the Duma Committee for security and combating corruption Irina Yarovaya.
MOSCOW, 18 Dec –. The position of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe concerning the credentials of the Russian delegation is still showing the dependence of the PACE and lack of dialogue, said the head of the Duma Committee for security and combating corruption Irina Yarovaya.
On Monday, the head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Deputy head of the Russian delegation in PACE Leonid Slutsky said that Russia will skip the winter session of the Assembly.
Earlier, the delegation member Vasily Likhachev said that so far no official confirmation from the PACE that the tough measures against the Russian parliamentarians will not be prolonged.
“International agenda for parliamentarians in Europe is very difficult, it is dictated by the humanitarian crisis of migration policy arising from the issues of legal nihilism in respect of international law in the field of security. The easiest and most important step in international relations is a dialogue, it is a natural norm in the civilized world. The position of PACE regarding the credentials of the delegation of the Russian Parliament demonstrates the lack of dialogue and lack of independence”, — said Yarovaya told reporters.
Thus the Deputy considers that “EU citizens interested in dialogue and problem solving, and MEPs still will meet their expectations”.
She also added that for Russia the role of statistics is unacceptable, therefore, refusing to participate in PACE session in January — is a “confirmation of Russia’s commitment to the principles of international law, based on equality and cooperation.”
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.