MOSCOW, January 24. The Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov believes that the PACE should be “temporarily forget about Russia” and to draw attention to the problems associated with Ukraine, refugees and attacks on women (which occurred in several cities in Germany).
“The PACE should temporarily forget about Russia. Leverage on us in our lack of PACE there. A deal with Ukraine, refugees and attacks on women,” was written on Sunday the politician in his microblog on Twitter.
Pushkov: PACE without Russia, throws herself on the sidelines of talks on Ukraine
Previously Pushkov said that in the absence of Russia, the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) actually throws himself to the sidelines of political negotiations to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.
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 PACE 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.
On 18 January, the Chairman of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin has informed on refusal of the Russian delegation to submit an application to participate in PACE session in January, which will be held from 25 to 29 January.