MOSCOW, February 23. State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin said that Russia has “no one waiting” observers from the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the upcoming September Federal parliamentary elections.
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“New to the entire 67-year history, PACE has become a record-long period of absence in the hall is one of the most numerous delegations. Although this does not prevent the members of the Assembly as if nothing had happened to wait for full payment of the Russian contribution and to prepare for our September elections (to the Duma) observers, of which there is no one waiting. What units they (observers) usually come here for us is no secret,” wrote Naryshkin in the article, timed to the 20th anniversary of Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe. The article will be published on 24 February in “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.
This Naryshkin indicates “manual control from across the ocean” processes in PACE, regarding the relationship with Russia. “The techniques used by the manual, operated from overseas, the Assembly in Strasbourg, we are now thoroughly known. The issue of bureaucratic contrivances for the will of member States, writing under the dictation of “supervisors” is not based on any law resolutions, the substitution of these primitive securities honest discussion and ignoring the legal facts (including set out in our monitoring novotroitskogo lawmaking), and finally, permanent distortion of the statutory goals of the Council of Europe is not a novelty,” – said the head of the chamber.
Naryshkin urged “to cease to look for the enemy where there is none and to look where there is the threat to universal values”. “While our country saves the world from terror, but in the EU there is a growing understanding of the importance of dialogue with Russia on migration and economic problems can only once again marvel at the desire of PACE to do not real and false problems. And this despite the fact that the OSCE parliamentary Assembly (Vienna meeting, which tomorrow will participate our delegation), and the inter-Parliamentary Union, all other parliamentary associations, we the last two years are working quite constructively,” concludes the speaker.
The Council of Europe has distanced itself from an “egregious situation” prevailing in its parliamentary Assembly (PACE), which has for two years occupied “solely by politics,” said Naryshkin.
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The Chairman of the lower chamber notes that the PACE reflected in 2014 sanctions on the Russian delegation, “for two years busy not caring about international law and not by dialogue, but by politics.”
“Here the Council of Europe, it’s time to think about their statutory purposes and to indicate the PACE on the inadmissibility of violations. However, the leadership of the Strasbourg organization prefers to distance himself from the blatant to the situation in PACE, and the current relations with Russia even calls “exceptional,” – said Naryshkin, calling such a relationship is exceptional, “from the General for Council of Europe rules of conduct”.
He wondered what kind of “Charter of equality (Council of Europe) the participants can say, if a parliamentary delegation in the Assembly disqualified it for political reasons?” The speaker regrets that “in these two years the PACE is one of key institutions in Strasbourg – was perhaps the most odious in relation to Russia’s international structure”.
Thus, he States, in PACE, for example, not criticizing Turkey, “put it among the top payers”, while another structure of the Council of Europe – European court of human rights “calls it second in the list of violators of human rights last year.” In addition, in the structures of the Council of Europe do not respond (“only sometimes a little “scold”) is Ukraine for “anti-democratic laws, censorship in the media, round-UPS and mass detention without charge or trial, practised by the Kyiv security forces”.
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.
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January 18, 2016 speaker of the state Duma has informed on refusal of the Russian delegation to submit an application to participate in PACE session in January, which took place from 25 to 29 January. In the treatment of Sergei Naryshkin and the head of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko at the head of the PACE, in particular, stated that the Parliament of the Russian Federation “at the moment it is not possible to refer to PACE for approval of the credentials of the Russian delegation to the January session of the Assembly in 2016”. The document noted that the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation is ready to resume work in PACE in case of observance of the rights of national delegations.
In response to the letter, Anne Brasseur, which at that time held the post of PACE President, made a statement, which noted that “under article 26 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and article 6 of the Regulations of the Assembly, the delegation of the Russian Federation will not be able to participate in the work of the Assembly throughout the 2016 or at least until the next parliamentary elections in Russia (after which will be formed the new composition of the delegation – ed.)”.