The Russian delegation decided not to go on the first of the year session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which opens next week in Strasbourg. The decision not final, and was accepted by the leaders of both houses of Parliament with the support of all factions.
“Discussion of Russian participation unfolded at the Friday meeting of the security Council. The foreign Ministry issued a report, which presented several options, including options not to go at all or go, but in part. However, there is no guarantee that Russia will return powers, which it lacks in PACE. We don’t want to go to Strasbourg to get another political flip-flops”, – told RBC source in the state Duma.
According to the interlocutor of the portal, consider the option that if on 25 January, the Assembly will return Russia the powers, the part of delegations will appear in Strasbourg in this session. However, such an outcome is unlikely.
Recall that in April 2014 the PACE until the end of the year was excluded representatives from all of the governing bodies of the Assembly. The occasion was the accession of Crimea into the Russian Federation. In this regard, the Russian delegation left the session early.
In the summer of 2015, the Assembly refused to return the Russian delegation of the full authority. PACE deputies noted the lack of progress in fulfilling the requirements, the Assembly said in January. PACE expressed the view that “open honest dialogue between the Assembly and the Russian delegation” is very important to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
In the adopted resolution on Ukraine of the PACE earlier called Russia “an aggressor country”. For the amendment on the recognition of Russian actions in Ukraine aggression has 28 people voted, against seven. In addition, the territory of Crimea in the document was called occupied.
The head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov said that the PACE resolution “virtually confirms” a negative status quo in relations between the Russian Federation and the Assembly. “Confirmation of the Commission while maintaining sanctions does not improve the situation, but essentially does not degrade,” said Pushkov.
In November it became known that the Russian parliamentarians, for reasons of cost and in terms of the characteristics of the international political environment have decided to refuse from trips to Europe, giving preference to the former Soviet Union. It was reported that in the Duma there is a discussion regarding the participation of the Russian delegation to the PACE winter session.