Russia does not intend to return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in January. Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary-General of the EU, claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
"I was told that Russia will not return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in January. They will not pay for the whole year," Jagland said.
"We need to set the budget that will consider this fact," he noted.
On October 9, the members of the PACE voted for keeping the current limitations against the Russian delegation in the Assembly.
Earlier the Committee on Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has supported the amendments of Ukraine to the draft resolution on the rules on the sanctions against the PACE delegations, which make the return of Russia impossible.
As it was reported earlier, 20 member countries of the PACE signed the declaration against Russia’s return to the Assembly’s line-up.
Russian delegation to PACE left the Assembly's line-up after it faced numerous restrictions - due to the Kremlin's military aggression in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in February 2014.