Pushkov: the refusal to participate in the PACE winter session – Russia’s decision

Pushkov: the refusal to participate in the PACE winter session – Russia’s decision


MOSCOW, January 20. The refusal of the Russian delegation to participate in the winter session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) – the decision of the Russian Federation, not PACE. This was stated by the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov.

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“No PACE decided to “expel” Russia from the work in 2016, and Russia decided not to seek powers in PACE. It’s our decision, not the decision of PACE,” Pushkov wrote on the microblogging site Twitter.

“The lack of participation stems from Russia’s refusal to seek the powers,” he said.

“Automatic revocation of powers”

On the eve of the PACE President Anne Brasseur said that the refusal of the delegation of the Russian Federation from participation in the PACE winter session will automatically void the Russian authority on all 2016. As the head of the parliamentary Assembly, the decision of the Russian side unfortunately in Strasbourg, but it will automatically void the credentials of the delegation of the Russian Federation on the whole in 2016.

On refusal of the Russian delegation to submit an application to participate in PACE session in January announced January 18 the Chairman of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin. “We have decided to refrain from trying to submit my application to participate in the PACE January session,” he said.

Russia was deprived of voting rights

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The Russian delegation in PACE in April 2014 was deprived of substantive powers because of the events in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. In 2015 the Assembly has twice considered the question of the restoration of the Russian delegation in her rights, but sanctions still remain: Russia deprived of voting rights and participation in the governing bodies of the Assembly and its monitoring missions to observe elections in the CE space. In response, Russia said it will suspend its involvement in PACE activity until the end of 2015. The leadership of the Russian delegation has repeatedly stated that she will be back to PACE only when removed from all sanctions.

The winter session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will be held in Strasbourg from 25 to 29 January 2016.