MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. Russia proposes to amend the regulations of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that no one has the right to deprive of office of members other than their constituents.
This was stated on Monday in the Russian diplomatic Department, explaining in some responses in Russian and foreign media, the reason for the suspension of payment of dues to the Council of Europe (CE) in 2017.
Members of the Russian delegation to PACE its decision of 10 April 2014 and 28 January 2015 and have been deprived of substantial rights in the alleged “punishment” for the recognition of the results of the referendum on the reunification of the Crimea with Russia.
Moscow is convinced that the participation of any delegation in PACE in the absence of certain powers “meaningless”. Accordingly, allegations that the Russian delegation allegedly “voluntarily” left the PACE, “baseless”, say the diplomats.
“However, as indicated in the statement of 30 June, the Russian Federation continues to work in the Council of Europe, including the fulfilment of obligations under the conventions in which it already takes part, – noted in dipvedomstva. – The Federal bodies of all branches of government are actively working towards accession to a number of other conventions of the COE that is on the development of pan-European legal space from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean on the basis of law of the Council of Europe as a pillar of equitable and mutually beneficial cooperation between the countries of the continent.”
Overcoming the crisis
“Because of this, the Russian Federation can not disturb the increasingly frequent manifestations in the PACE of language of hatred and enmity, demonstrative disregard of the rule of law and democracy, he continued in the Ministry. – It is necessary to avoid a situation where, following the decisions of the Assembly, the governments of the member States of the Council of Europe can be held hostage by false stereotypes and alleged false purposes of the confrontation. We are convinced that the parliamentary Assembly as an Advisory body of the Council of Europe has neither the right nor the mandate for such action.”
In Russia proceed from the fact that “one of the measures for overcoming the crisis in PACE would be a speedy introduction in its rules a provision that nobody has the right to deprive the elected deputies of their powers, except their constituents at the next election”.
“The Russian decision to suspend payment to the Council of Europe in 2017 is an expression of deep concern over the threat of the spread of the crisis in the Council of Europe as a result of confrontational course of a number of members of the parliamentary Assembly – said the Russian foreign Ministry. – Russia calls on all responsible members of governments and parliaments, political parties, civil society, member countries of the Council of Europe to prevent “overflow” of the crisis of the Assembly in other Council of Europe bodies”.
In depodesta also said that Russia is interested in a strong and effective Council of Europe and is convinced that need it and other members of the organization.
Contribution to the Council of Europe
Earlier, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov informed the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, “the decision to suspend the payment of contribution by the Russian Federation to the budget of the Council of Europe for 2017 to the unconditional restoration of full powers of delegation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe”.
In early June, the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has informed journalists that the Russian Federation has blocked in the current year the payment of one third of its contribution to the CE, which could go to Fund the PACE. According to him, it is estimated about €11 million.
Russia and PACE
Russia is one of five main payers of the Council of Europe. Contribution to the CE at the moment is indivisible and represents the total contribution of the Council of Europe, Committee of Ministers, Congress of local and regional authorities and the European court of human rights; the amount is around €40 million
Russia in PACE denied the right to vote and participate in the work of the governing bodies of the Assembly and its observation missions for elections in the space of the COE. In response, Russia suspended its participation in the activities of PACE until end of 2015. In January 2016, the Russian delegation refused to apply for authorization for that year.
At the beginning of this year, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky said that Russia will continue cooperation with PACE, but in 2017 to participate in its plenary sessions and Committee work will not.