MOSCOW, July 4. /TASS/. Grounds for resumption of payments of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe (COE) do not exist, as the powers of the Russian Parliament is not restored. About it it is spoken in published on Wednesday statement, the Russian foreign Ministry.
In dipvedomstva noticed that lately in the media there was much speculation about the situation in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the Russian contribution to the budget of the COE.
“As you know, in 2014-2015, trying to “punish” the Russian delegation for the free choice of the inhabitants of the Crimea in favor of joining Russia, the Assembly is so restricted the rights of parliamentarians, which made impossible their participation in the PACE – reminded the Minister. – Within three years, despite the non-participation of Russian representatives in the Assembly, Moscow continued to fulfill its filobasidiella to the Council of Europe. This could not continue indefinitely”.
In the summer of 2017, it was decided to discontinue the payment of contributions “to the unconditional restoration of full powers of the Russian delegation to PACE”, said on Smolensk square. “A year has passed. The powers of the Parliament is not restored. Accordingly, grounds for resumption of payments”, – stressed in the Ministry.
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“The parliamentary Assembly is not properly responds to our legitimate criticism contrary to the Statute of the Council of Europe of the practice of deprivation of the Assembly of credentials of representatives of member countries of the organization – continued the Minister. These decisions infringed and the underlying international law the principle of sovereign equality of States”. In Moscow are asking: “Can PACE itself solve the problem of equality of rights and duties for all member countries of the Council of Europe?”
The office nahuli actions PACE, “thoughtless” and said that they have led to the fact that almost half of the judges of the European court of human rights (ECHR) and the United Nations high Commissioner for human rights elected without the participation of the parliamentarians of the Russian Federation”. The foreign Ministry recalled that in June 2019 there will be elections of the COE Secretary General. “The legitimacy of the high officials of the Council of Europe elected without Russian votes is at issue,” – said in this regard in the Ministry.
On Smolensk square stressed that Moscow “appreciates the active efforts of everyone who contributes to overcoming the crisis, threatening the very existence of the Council of Europe”.
The Ministry said “the consistent position of the Secretary General thorbjørn Jagland in favour of retaining the Council of Europe”. “We hope for an active role of the state chairing the Committee of Ministers in the coming year – said the Minister. – Good start to correct the imbalance in the procedural documents of the PACE established as a result of working under the guidance of the President, Michele Nicoletti and with the participation of the Russian Parliament Special Committee on the question of the role and mission of the PACE”.
The foreign Ministry stressed that “after the complete restoration of the rights of the delegation of the Federation Council in Moscow, the PACE will perform all filobasidiella “for the period of time forced the decision to suspend payments”.