Pushkov called Russia’s refusal from participation in the PACE session a necessary step

Pushkov called Russia’s refusal from participation in the PACE session a necessary step


Russia does not intend to leave the Council of Europe not to make gifts to the Russophobes, however, the degree of inadequacy does not allow you to attend meetings of the Assembly, said the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs.

MOSCOW, 19 Jan. The refusal of the Russian delegation to participate in the PACE winter session — step temporary, but necessary, said the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov in an interview to the newspaper “Izvestia”.

Earlier on Monday, the Deputy head of the Russian delegation Leonid Slutsky said that the Russian side decided not to participate in the PACE winter session. According to him, Russia will return to Strasbourg only on equal terms and in the case of guarantees of return of all the powers of delegations that have been discontinued in January 2015.

Pushkov said that Russia is ready to participate in the PACE, only on conditions of equality and dialogue and not on the basis of dictatorship, which shows the organization in relation to the Russian side.

Also the head of the international Committee of the state Duma stated that Russia does not intend to leave the Council of Europe, explaining that “there are political forces that are ready more or less to look objectively at the developments, in particular on the situation of human rights violations in Ukraine”. An example of this, in his opinion, was the position of Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland, who became the initiator of creation of a special Commission to investigate the tragic events in Odessa on may 2, 2014.

“By their actions today, we want to say that it is not going to turn away from our partners in Europe. Relations with them are saved. Therefore out of the Council of Europe would be a gift to the Russophobes, and we have such a gift, they are not going to do, but the temporary refusal to work in PACE due to the inadequacy of those attitudes that have developed in this organization, is a temporary step, but a necessary one,” concluded Pushkov.

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 again the delegation left the Assembly before the end of the year. Russian parliamentarians have repeatedly stated that they are ready to work in PACE with the return of all authority.