Izvestia: Russia may cut contributions to Council of Europe because of the situation in PACE

MOSCOW, may 23. /TASS/. Russia may cut contributions to Council of Europe (COE) due to the fact that the Russian delegation is not taking part in the meetings of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). About this newspaper “Izvestia” with reference to the permanent mission of Russia to the COE and the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky.

“Now our contribution to the Council of Europe is not divided, whether it is part of the Committee of Ministers, the Committee of local and regional authorities of Europe, the European court of human rights or the PACE. But if we don’t get back to the work of the latter, then the sense to pay for it there,” – leads edition of the words Slutsky.

At the permanent mission of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe “news” also reported inappropriate “contributions to where we are not.” “In connection with a long absence of the Russian parliamentary delegation in PACE activity naturally put on the agenda the question of the size of the Russian contribution to the budget of the Assembly”, – said the publication in the permanent representation.

In this representative Tatyana Baeva told the newspaper that the international organization has not yet received such an initiative on the part of Russia.

In April 2014, the representatives of Russia were deprived of the basic powers in the PACE of events in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. In 2015, the PACE has twice considered the question of the restoration of the Russian delegation of its rights, but the sanctions remained in force: Russia deprived of voting rights and participation in decision-making bodies of the Assembly and its monitoring missions to observe elections in the space of the Council of Europe. In response, Russia said it would suspend its involvement in PACE activity until the end of 2015; she was not involved in the work of the Assembly in 2016.

Earlier, the Chairman of the international Affairs Committee of the state Duma Leonid Slutsky said that Russia will continue cooperation with PACE, but in 2017 to participate in its plenary sessions and Committee work will not.