MOSCOW, February 26. /Corr. Sergey Izotov/. Russia paid about one-third of its annual contribution to the Council of Europe. The journalists said the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.
“Now paid about one third, about €10 million, Two-thirds still delayed,” she said, answering the question.
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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 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.
In January 2016 the Russian Federation refused to apply for the confirmation of the Commission in 2016, and state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin said that Moscow will transfer at the end of February, the third annual contribution to the Council of Europe. The COE budget for 2016-2017 was endorsed by the Committee of Ministers at the meeting on 25 November 2015. For the current year total contributions was approved in the amount of about €260 million, of which Russia accounts for about 10% of this amount.
In turn, Deputy foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov assured that the possible reduction of contributions of Russia to the Council of Europe in connection with the limitation of powers of the Russian delegation in PACE will not affect the budget of the organization.