MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS./ The Duma Council approved the transfer of the contribution for the financing of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for 2018. About it to journalists on Tuesday said the first Vice-speaker of the lower house of Parliament Ivan Melnikov.
“The Duma Council adopted a decision on payment of a fee for 2018 in the budget of international organizations. This inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, the parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, parliamentary Assembly of black sea economic cooperation, inter-parliamentary Union, international Federation of library societies and associations and the Secretariat of the parliamentary conference of the Baltic sea. As you can see, there is no parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. I would like to focus your attention,” he said.
Melnikov explained TASS that the decision was made “in respect of that part which relates to PACE,” not the more General contribution of the Council of Europe. “It is the responsibility of Council. Ultimately [this] decision is registered by the Ministry of foreign Affairs we the Council of the Duma adopted the relevant decisions”, – said the first Vice-speaker of the state Duma.