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Russia plans to bring Crimean MPs to PACE session

If Russian delegation's rights are not restored by June 25, it will leave the session
08:05, 14 June 2019

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Russia intends to add lawmakers from Crimea and Sevastopol, when joining the PACE session on June 25, Dozhd TV channel reported.

If PACE passes the resolution restoring the respective rights of the Russian delegation, the country will file the appeal to participate and go to Strasbourg on the same day. Otherwise, Russian delegation threatens to leave the session, and the country's payment ''will be paid only if all of its authorities are confirmed''.

Related: Germany, France initiate lifting restrictions from Russia in PACE

The outlet's sources in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia's Parliament report that if the Russian authority decides to send its delegatioj to PACE, teh line-up of this delegation might include the MPs from Crimea and Sevastopol. The parliamentarians assume that such decision may lead to tension in the very process of Russia's return to PACE, which, in turn, could apply sanctions against these particular MPs.

Related: If Russia returns to PACE, Council of Europe to weaken and lose trust, - Klimkin

In April 2014, Russian delegation at PACE was stripped of many rights and authorities, including the vote right - because of the annexation of Crimea and military aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk region. The Russian delegation stopped working, protesting against that decision and demanding to change the internal regulations of PACE.

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