Russia has paid the arrears of contribution to the budget of the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council 2017-2018. Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary-General of the Council stated that during the interview with the Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen.
"Russia has just paid all its arrears. That's a relief," the message reads.
The Secretary-General also stated that payings for two years were not the reason for which the international organizations tried to keep the Russian Federation in as a full member.
"We want to be able to help protect the rights of Russian citizens,” Twitted Daniel Holtgen, the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.
Holtgen also confirmed for the TASS that the Russian Federation has paid all the sum.
"I can confirm that the funds for 2018 and 2017 (€54,7 million) were transferred on 97% as of this morning," he said.